As we are heading into the last few hours of the RAPS for Charity auctions in aid of Nepal Earthquake relief, I have already gained a number of valuable insights:
First of all – the tally so far. The bidding is currently standing at a pleasurable 80 US$ for Pirate!Guy, a hot 100 US$ for the Red Dragon and a more than fitting 240 US$ for the Custom-Made RAPS. Thank you to *all* bidders so far!!!
Secondly, you continue to astonish me with the level of support, generosity and good-will you display. Your efforts in spreading the word have been fantastic and we are already at a point in the auction where my expectations have been exceeded many times. A lot of you have shown great sportsmanship and good-will and sent in donations despite conceding defeat in the bidding. A massive thank you to all of the supporters of the fundraiser already!
On top of that, I have had word behind the scenes from an anonymous donor. She claims she is acting on behalf of a shady character – in her own words: “Mr. HErmitage has been in touch with me and he does not like being overshadowed by Mr. Armitage, as you well know. So because Mr. Armitage’s doodle raised so much money, Mr. HErmitage, not to be outdone, wants to match what you raise for your charity auction. He is sure he can beat Mr. Armitage’s total. (I have my doubts about this, myself, and told him not to expect too much, but he would not be swayed.) So Mr. HErmitage (through me) will be happy to match your funding.” Note: To make this clear: Mr Armitage is in no way affiliated to or endorsing this fundraiser! The “HErmitage” character is a fiction of mine, created for amusement only. However, the anonymous donor is real!
Thirdly, I should have planned more carefully. I have only just realized that the different time-zones are not exactly favourable when it comes to the exciting finish of the auction. The auctions will finish today at 3pm BST, roughly three-and-a half hours from time of posting this. A bit early for some…
Also, my haphazard planning might bite me in the ass on another level. In my usual half-baked way I decided to push the auction a little further by throwing in another incentive today. I spontaneously decided to reward *every* donor and auction participant with a RAPSoid. Since the idea presented itself to me sometime late at night on Sunday, I have been shrining away obsessively, casually obstructed by Mr Guylty who has decided not to go to work yesterday and today, but is occupying my workbench. *arrrrrrrgh* I have been discreetly cutting and pasting and decorating whenever he has left my workbench but progress is slower than I thought, so I will have to postpone the big reveal to later and will only tease you with this:
So, in a nutshell: The fundraiser is going great – *you* are great. I can’t wait to tally up the final sum. There is still time for bidding on the three auction items, and all new rising bids and donations will go into the raffle for this beauty:
If you would like to bid for an item, you can find instructions to do so on the posts for Red Dragon, Pirate!Guy and the Custom RAPS. You are also welcome to send in donations. E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy bidding – and lots of lalalalalalove,