Two envelopes stamped in Turkey arrived in my house today. Sent separately by a generous benefactress (who wishes to remain anonymous but is known to me), the envelopes contained two items to go into auction. And their arrival reminded me that it is high time to make it official:
Coming in less than three weeks: The 2017 RA birthday auctions!
Since we can’t celebrate with Richard, how about we celebrate with a purpose? I know that a great many of you are getting ready to make donations in honour of Richard’s birthday – a great idea and following Richard’s own suggestion. Once again, this year you also have the opportunity to not only do good with a donation – *but* to possibly get something back besides the good feeling of helping those in need: You could bid on (and win) fan items via the birthday auctions, with all of the proceeds going entirely to charity.
The exact parameters have not been decided yet, but here is what I am planning to do (and what I am looking for feedback for): Like last year, I would like to run the auctions via eBay. The automatic bidding worked out pretty well for me (less work, less room for error, wider reach), so I am looking at the same procedure. The auctions will finish on August 22 in order for us to get a final sum of the funds raised – our birthday present for RA. As in previous years, I will take on the postage costs myself (in order for the entire auction proceeds to go into the donation pot). How long should the auctions run? Last year it was three days…
I am not sure yet how many items will be available. At this point I have ten auctions on my list. Here is a sneak preview of the items that arrived in the post today…
As for the big question: Which charity is going to benefit from the fundraiser? I am undecided yet. In the past I had reacted to the urgent appeals for Nepal (May 2015) and the Syrian Children’s Fund (September 2015 and August 2016) via Save the Children. I am open to other suggestions for this year’s fundraiser; for transparency’s sake and easiness of transaction I prefer charities to whom I can donate the raised funds via Paypal.
If you have any suggestions what items you would like to see in the auctions, which hashtag to use, which charity to benefit, or any other idea/response/demand, please let me know in the comments or by mail. Offers of donations/help gratefully received – as well as help with publicising.
Feel free to use the turquoise auction announcement ‘poster’ in your own communications.
Looking forward to another year of “celebrating with a purpose”!