Vancouver-based Gratitudo has created a mobile app to encourage more people to join the 7 pm nightly cheer for frontline heroes.
Providing countdowns, reminders, spotlights, and even a music element, the app aims to spur those who are working hard to keep on pushing with the support of their peers and neighbours behind them.
“The idea is to make this a virtual global movement and honour our global frontline heroes on one platform,” Gratitudo told Daily Hive.
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Users will see a countdown timer linked to their local time, ticking away the hours, minutes, and seconds until the clock strikes 7 pm.
Prior to the cheer event, a special pre-show will run. It’s a short two-minute highlight reel of all the good work our frontline healthcare workers are doing.
Between 10 am and 5 pm (local time), users will be able to vote on a song to sing for that night’s cheer, picking from a shortlist of suggested options. When the time comes, the voted choice of song will display on your device, prompting folks to belt along, karaoke-style, with scrolling lyrics.
After the cheer, the Gratitudo app will end the celebration by highlighting an individual doing their best on the front lines. You can even nominate a hero to be featured.
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“Tragedy can bring out the best of us if we let it,” writes Gratitudo on their website. “Thank you for sharing your appreciation for those who are working so hard to keep us all safe.”