What began as a simple idea – build thirteen special pedals to commemorate the now famous Ukrainians on Snake Island who told the Russian invaders to “go fuck yourself” – may have gotten carried away. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our friends in the pedal community, Rare Buzz Effects sold 170 of the special Ukrainian-themed pedals over the course of a week, raising and donating over $10,000 for humanitarian aide organizations. If you are one of the folks who ordered a pedal or a sticker pack during that time period – we simply have no words for your help. This whole process has been humbling to say the least.
Because of your incredible help, we were able to make the following donations:
- $1575 to Care.org
- $1500 to AirBNB.org
- $1050 to World Central Kitchen in honor of Kauer Guitars
- $1000 to Revived Soldiers Ukraine
- $1000 to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- $1000 to the International Red Cross
- $1000 to Razom, Inc.
- $785 to UNICEF
- $490 to Insight NGO in honor of Black Mass Electronics
- $310 to Alight
- $555 via Analog Music Shop in Kyiv, Ukraine to other charities
Additionally, when we donated to UNHCR, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were matching dollar for dollar. We are absolutely floored to have been able to make such substantial donations, and it would not have been possible without the folks who chipped in.
What’s next? Stay tuned – one of our friends was extremely generous and donated his Cyborg back to us to be raffled off. We called in a favor to get a pretty significant signature on it, and will be raffling it off in the coming weeks with all proceeds going back to charities. Watch social media (@rarebuzzer everywhere) and here on the website for more details.