#Hack4good group launches Facebook app to aid Philippines

#Hack4good, a group of London tech professional has built an app to encourage people to share the Disaster Emergency Committee’s appeal for the Philippines.

The Haiyan ‘Donate and share’ app was built in less than 48 hours with the aim of encouraging sharing of the appeal through Facebook.

Over 6,000 people have so far used the app, raising over £21,000 raised so far for the DEC. In total, JustGiving has seen over £500,000 raised through their platform for the disaster, by charities, companies and individuals. Over half of those who donated through the app passed it on to others through Facebook, either through sharing to timeline or through inviting others to use the app.

Developer Tom Gallagher, who worked on the project, said: “As soon as we heard about the disaster, a group of us started thinking about how we could help. We wanted to build something that directly called on people to share the appeal with friends, and would use all  the elements Facebook and JustGiving do best – allowing you to connect to a cause and your network – to encourage giving.”

Click here to view the app.

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