because of ezra

Back in mid February, we brought you coverage on a jailbreak tweak called LivelyIcons. It was a tweak, created by Filippo Bigarella, that let you have animated app icons on your Home screen. The animations were nice, but the big news about LivelyIcons’ was Bigarella’s promise to donate some of the proceeds to cancer research.

To be honest, I had almost forgotten about the tweak until Bigarella sent out a tweet today updating the progress of the earnings and donations. Judging by the numbers, it looks as if LivelyIcons was a huge success. Check inside for the details…

In a post on his blog, Bigarella explains LivelyIcon’s earnings and his distribution to charity for cancer research:

Today, I’m proud to announce that I’ve donated the first $2,500.00 to Because of Ezra, the charity founded by Kyle and Robyn Matthews.

It looks as if you guys supported LivelyIcons well, so well that the tweak has earned north of $5,000 USD, an impressive feat for “simple” jailbreak tweak. Props must also be given to Saurik, who reduced the fees normally assessed for paid packages on Cydia:

I have set the LivelyIcons fee calculation at 14/86
(instead of 30/70) based upon doing some math for “at cost”
and sent you a payout for this product.

Bigarella plans to donate the remainder of the proceeds to another charity — an Italian association focused on cancer research called La Città della Speranza. Those proceeds total $2,885.31 USD.

Needless to say the support for this tweak has been awesome. Not only do you get a great tweak, but you can feel good when purchasing it. Share your comments below.

  • Om Soni

    That’s actually great! 🙂

  • Joe Bobbins

    Filippo Bigarella is such a great developer who makes great tweaks!

    • Robert Tan

      Now if only he will kindly create a tweak to change Apple’s ugly stock folder icons to replace the now defunct tweak Foldericons by Vertex (who has taken a VERY long time to update and probably may have given up !!) I am sure he can raise more funds for a good cause 😉

      • RarestName

        It’s working on iOS 6 but it’s on a different repo.

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    Wonderful news.

  • Nice to see the legend that is Saurik doing his part for a good cause too.

  • Bob

    I would have more respect for people who donate and keep it to themselves. If you go around telling other people you donated money it’s obviously because you want people to judge you on that good deed. Charity isn’t charity if you brag about it.

    • RarestName

      But then, if he didn’t show it, people would think that he was lying.

    • Hi Bob,
      I know what you mean and you may find surprising that I agree with you: indeed, I’ve already donated to charities in the past but didn’t tell anyone. In this case though, it’s different: in fact, since when I published the tweak I made it clear that its proceeds would have gone to cancer research.
      Therefore, I must show people that I actually donated, otherwise everyone could do the same thing and keep the incomes for theirself.

      • Bob

        That explains it, I wasn’t aware that you announced the proceeds would go to charities when the tweak was released. In that case, it would only be logical for you to release the picture (proof), my mistake.

  • Wow, for just a simple tweak its made over 5k! I’m glad to see these guys doing so well!!

  • great news 🙂