We give 5 % of our royalty from the secondary sales to charity. We have chosen to donate money towards ME/CFS research.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, is a long-term condition with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness. ME/CFS can affect anyone, including children. It's more common in women, and tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s.
Since research about ME/CFS is very limited today, the affected get very little help. We want to play a part in changing that.
The story behind how the founders of World of Alidia - Vanja Wikström and Niklas Malmqvist - found their way into the NFT universe is pretty unique. Let's say that all bad things come with at least something good.
Niklas was diagnosed with the chronic illness ME/CFS in 2020, after gradually losing more and more of his ability to function properly. The disease increasingly kidnapped bits and pieces of Niklas life, until the point where he was confined to his bedroom - where watching TV was all he had energy for. A horrible fate for someone who before the illness was a super social, successful and extremely active person; always building businesses, organizing amazing parties for his large circle of friends and going surfing - both in the cold waters of Sweden but also abroad (side note: Niklas was actually a member of the Swedish Surf Team).
After watching everything there is to see on every streaming service, Niklas searched for something else to engage in - and found crypto/NFTs. Back in 2016 Niklas and Vanja had a Bitcoin project, but left the crypto world shortly after. When they once again turned their attention towards this digital universe - they were both hooked. Niklas switched the TV programs for crypto channels, Vanja jumped on board - and since then 99% of the topics around the household (did we mention that Vanja & Niklas is a couple?) revolve around the blockchain.
After investing in multiple NFT projects, the idea to create their own popped up. And with that the possibility to do something for the ME/CFS community. That is why we donate 5% of our royalties to ME research, wanting to make a difference for all the people affected by this disease.
Before Niklas got sick he was a very active surfer and had a big network of friends.
ME/CFS has forced Niklas to spend most of his time resting on a couch or in a bed.