Most people see internet addicts as junkies who spend hours wasting their time on social media, but sometimes their unity for a cause can benefit people in need in the most wonderful ways.
Recently, there have been three such incidents - all involving sports.
The internet rallied to pay $33,000 in medical bills of an uninsured British skydiver, who fell 12,000 feet in Fiji and survived
31-year-old Ben Cornick broke his leg in three places and his arm in half when a 12,000ft parachute jump over the South Pacific Island went wrong.
He was stuck with more than $30,000 in bills and no health insurance. Things looked dire for the new father until his cousin decided to ask for some help. He created a Facebook page stating his cousin’s plight.
The online community came together and before anyone could blink an eye, there were funds coming in. Over 6,800 members of the group pooled in with money and sent their prayers for the adventurer.
'The page was set up at about 9pm or 10pm on Wednesday. I think it was about 16 hours from starting the Facebook page that we accomplished the ($33,000).
'The guys in Auckland wouldn't transport Ben until they had the money up front. It is actually another, fellow skydiver who paid the (fees) up front on my word that I would give him the money back,' remembers Ben’s cousin Ricki.
Ben isn’t the only lucky one helped by the internet.
A wave of Internet support and crowd sourcing helped send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Olympics.
The Jamaica Olympic Association was covering their travel costs, but there was still more finances needed. That’s when the online fundraisers got together and raised around $93,000 in three days’ time for equipment and further training.
That’s not all, apparently the internet’s thirst for doing good, especially for sportsmen, isn’t that easily quenched.
Hardly hours after the money was raised for the Jamaican team, a Redditor put up a request to fund Indian Skiers, who had qualified, but couldn’t afford to meet the costs. Himanshu Thakur and Nadeem Iqbal got help from individual donors as well corporate sponsors.
The skiers were still short by about $4,500 after all the money pledged by the Indian sports ministry for uniform, kits and travel expenses was taken into account. That’s when the internet decided to take matters into its own hands.
We hope they get the funds needed and are able to participate in the upcoming Sochi Olympics with all the required resources.