WeChat, in partnership with the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa 2016, celebrated as 416 kite surfers set a new World Record for ‘The Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’ in South Africa at the Dolphin Beach in Cape Town. In addition to the new World Record, R100 000 was raised for charity on the day.
Brett Loubser, Head of WeChat South Africa said, “We believe that technology can enable everyone to achieve their goals. As an organization committed to connecting friends and families, we are pleased that our technology could be used to connect these communities and to also support them in the achievement of their dreams”
The holidays are approaching and the scramble to find the perfect gift for your friends is on.
They say this is the season of giving, so why not give back to charitable organizations and give your friends and family an alternative gift this year via WeChat?
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. By following its official account, you can view beautiful nature photos and learn more about habitats and animals.
You can also donate directly to The Nature Conservancy, purchase an honorary tribute gift, or plant a billion trees on earth.
To follow The Nature Conservancy, search for the WeChat ID “Nature_org.”
With the support of WeChat, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) introduces a new payment channel to support world emergency relief work via WeChat’s advanced Payment Platform. This innovative partnership will enable donors to make contributions to emergency relief efforts on their smartphones simply and efficiently.
The new WeChat donation function supports UNICEF’s recent initiatives, such as the Cyclone Pam situation in Vanuatu, the ongoing Syria crisis and the recent Nepal Earthquake. By improving fundraising efficiency, WeChat and UNICEF are empowering millennials to become more involved in relief work and to give back to the global community.
“Social media is now indispensable for youth. The introduction of WeChat Payment will help cultivate support for UNICEF HK from youngsters and provide a more convenient and effective channel for public donations, supporting UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work,” said Mr. David Fong, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of UNICEF HK.
The Ebola virus is a worldwide health concern – one WeChat and our users feel strongly about. That’s why WeChat is taking an active part in supporting the fight against the disease by offering the latest news and information to our community while also supporting major global aid organizations.
Our Africa team saw an opportunity for WeChat, the fastest growing social communications platform, to be a central point of information with the Ebola24 Official Account (OA). The account is currently available in English and French. It serves as a repository of information and support for not only the inhabitants of affected areas, but also for anyone wanting to know more about the crisis. Endorsed by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and with content from Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), it covers topics like treatment, concerns, news, symptoms, prevention and success stories. With immediate access to doctors and ability to find the nearest clinic through the OA, Ebola24 is fighting Ebola both on- and offline.
“In the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, information is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight the spread of this devastating disease,” said Kate Dodson, vice president for global health strategy at the UNF, on collaborating with WeChat on Ebola24. “WeChat’s Ebola24 OA makes essential information easily accessible to the people who need it most.”
From strengthening relationships to improving communication, the possibilities with mobile technology are endless.
And now, on Monday, December 15, 2014, we’re partnering up with The Nature Conservancy to honor #MobileMonday and help save Earth’s precious animals and environments. For every new follower The Nature Conservancy receives on WeChat until December 31, 2014, we will donate $5 to help support their noble cause up to $1M.
To get started, simply download WeChat and add The Nature Conservancy’s official account (WeChat ID: Nature_Org). Your follow will bring us one step closer to helping save endangered animals like the sea turtles and Yunnan golden monkeys.
You can also join the #MobileMonday conversation on Twitter to learn more about how technology can power social change. The live Twitter conversation will begin on Monday, December 15 at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Join us as we do good for our planet in the spirit of Mobile Monday!
In September, the Jammu & Kashmir regions in India were hit by damaging floods caused by heavy rainfall. Several thousand villages were affected and a few hundred villages were submerged.
In light of the recent tragedy in Jammu & Kashmir, participants of WeChat India’s ‘Friends n Rewards’ campaign were given the option to donate Rs. 10 with all proceeds helping aid those impacted by this natural disaster.
Imagine a world without color or light, just darkness.
In China, this is what the universe looks like for 12.6 million people who are blind. More than 700 new books are released every day, but according to the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, these 12.6 million people do not have access to them. That’s why our WeChat China team has created The Voice Donor project.
We place special WeChat books in the “new books” section of bookstores. When shoppers pick up the books to read, the pages are blank – with the exception of a simple QR code, inviting them to follow the WeChat Voice Donor account and donate their voice. For awareness, QR codes are also located in select parlors under massage tables. So WeChatters can even scan the codes while getting a massage!
After scanning the QR code and picking a book category, WeChat sends the reader a snippet of a book to be recorded using the “Hold to Talk” feature. We then compile the recordings to produce audio books also available on WeChat.
High school students present their final mobile games at Mission Bit’s Demo Day.
The beauty of programming is that you start with nothing, but with a few lines of code you can create just about anything.
Understanding the power of programing and technology to give back to the community, we partnered with Mission Bit, a San Francisco non-profit organization to empower public high school students with the skills and confidence to build software that aligns with their passions.
In just six weeks, 12 students with little to no programming experience showcased three fully functional games at their demo day on July 10, 2014 – including two RPG-style games and one platformer. Students presented their games to press and industry panelists, including members from Google Play and WeChat.