The Pokémon Go craze has sent masses around the world wild. From New York to Hong Kong, aspiring Pokémon trainers are going out of their way to catch’em all.
Amid the PoGo hype, a do-good mobile app called Charity Miles (and the global causes it works with) seems to have benefitted from the mania. Allowing one to accumulate small amounts of money for each mile of physical activity, the app then donates to a charity organisation of one’s choice. Going Pokémon hunting while aiding charities? Talk about a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
With that said, Charity Miles isn’t the only app out there that enables you to do good while being on the move. Here, we identify five others.
1. Happi (SG)
Completing a 30-second survey is all you need to drive a 10-cent donation to a charity of your choice. Through the Happi app, users earn ‘smiles’ by answering quick survey questions, standing a chance to win prizes and deals from more than 70 retailers which the platform actively works with. Through just one small act, you’ll create social benefits without even donating a penny.
To download the Happi app, click here: http://happi.sg/
2. JustRaceLah! (SG)
A paradise portal for enthusiastic runners, this mobile app lists all the race events available on our sunny island and in Malaysia. Users get to customise their own race calendars, shortlist events they’re keen on and keep track of the progress of their race timings. Oh, how does it change lives? Charity runs are among the listed events, so you’ll be able to help raise awareness or funds for the causes you’re most passionate about.
To download the JustRaceLah! app, click here: http://www.justracelah.com/
3. Volunteer Broadcasting System (SG)
Faced with the constant challenge of engaging volunteers at the last minute for their food drives, local non-profit Food From The Heart (FFTH) created a mobile app that makes volunteering easy for all. Volunteers will receive broadcast messages whenever its charity programme needs a hand, so it’s a nifty tool to help keep a lookout for ways to give back to the community.
4. myResponder (SG)
In an emergency situation that concerns life and death, who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters may not be of much help, but someone within 400m of you could be. myResponder allows users to report incidents of cardiac arrests, alerting other users in the vicinity who are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to come to their aid. What better example of harnessing technology for good could there be, than one used to save lives?
5. Donate a Photo
Today’s Instagram generation loves nothing better than a good photo. And the Donate a Photo app has found a great way to let us visual creatures do some good while pursuing our love for pretty photos. For each image uploaded to the app, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to a cause that the user can select from a list of charitable initiatives. Serial do-gooders can keep coming back to the app, since it allows users to post a new photo everyday.
To download the Donate a Photo app, click here: http://donateaphoto.com/en_US/the-app
The smartphone generation gets a bad rap sometimes for being more attached to their digital lives than their current reality. But if technology can make it easier and more convenient for us to do good, who’s complaining?