Did you feel it? The earth noticeable shook this morning at 9.39 am BST. That would have been the massive load that came off my mind at exactly that moment. Because it is finally done – the proceeds of our birthday auctions for Richard have been transferred to the charity they were destined for. After resting in my account until the last donations trickled in, I punched in the number and clicked the “donate” button this morning. Before I get to the formalities, let’s quickly celebrate the amazing result:
As you already know, the proceeds of the auctions came to an incredible 1,322.88 Euro. On top of that, donations for postage costs as well as contributions to the fund via Paypal and the now disabled donation button here on my blog were 259.80 Euro. Thus, the final proceeds of the #CelebRAtionWithPurpose auctions 2017 are…
So, with the final sum established, I had to convert the Euro proceeds into British Pounds in order to donate via Paypal on JustGiving. With fluctuating exchange rates complicating the matter, I decided to err on the side of caution and bumped up the final donation to a nicely rounded figure.
So as of this morning 9.39am the money has been transferred to Young Minds via Richard’s JustGiving site. I added a little note – which serves more as a way for you, the participants and donors, to find evidence of our contribution, than a birthday message for RA. But here it is:
And just because I am keen to provide ample evidence of the transaction having occurred, here are screenshots of the confirmation e-mails I received from JustGiving and Paypal.
Last word on the donation: Please all give yourselves a pat on the back for whatever contribution – auction bid, donation, non-monetary support – you have given to this project. I am convinced that we are making a palpable difference with the amount of money we have raised, and I am delighted that it is going to a smaller charity where the impact of such a donation will be felt. Congratulations to you all – if the opportunity and demand arises, I will be more than happy and willing to organise another such charity fundraiser again.
Finally, as for the long-awaited results of the raffle results – to make up for the long wait, I decided to throw a couple of other items in the raffle besides the Sunflower RAPS, and cast the net wide for the supporters of the auction, counting the reblogs of the initial auction post, the posts on other platforms which had been pointed out in the comments, as well RTs of my three auction announcement tweets. So the results are…
Kellyduck wins the RAPS
Andrea Numellote receives the large pouch
RArmitageBDParty wins the small pouch.
Congratulations to all – I will get in touch with the winners on Twitter.
PS: I have just been informed that our donation to Young Minds via JustGiving has made it to number 20 on the fundraising leaderboard on JustGiving. Wow. I didn’t even realise there was a contest on 😉.