Quick update on the question whether fans are interested in a charity auction on the occasion of RA’s birthday next month.
The populace has spoken. Well, or at least those who participated in the poll.
I take my cue from the poll: The birthday auctions are on for another year. Yay! Happy to facilitate it, especially as I have already received a number of offers for donations – some really nice and rare items among them. (We can discuss the particulars of the item donations BTS.) So there should be a nice collection of things available. But a few variables remain to be decided on.
First and foremost: beneficiary of the fundraiser. I would propose LOROS, the Leicester-based hospice charity that RA had named in connection to his mum’s passing. A very personal cause, and a dear one for many of us who have dealt with bereavement in the past. However, I am open to other suggestions. Comment below.
Secondly: platform and duration of auction. The eBay auctions have worked pretty well in the past, I think, and are relatively uncomplicated for me to set up and for you to bid, so I’d propose we stay there. As for duration – default lengths for eBay auctions are 1, 3, 5 etc days. Three days is pretty long; but 1 day is too short and 2 days incurs extra fees, so 3 days it is. More to the point: When to start/end the auctions? For a ready result on the birthday itself, or any time?
I’m undecided, but if you have an opinion, let me know in the comments.
Lastly: Just to reiterate here because it came up in the comments on the poll post – every fan is free to celebrate the birthday any way *they* like. Taking part, following or promoting the auctions are not an obligation. There are no fandom rules and no fandom rulers; this is just *one* attempt by an individual fan supported by other individual fans to mark the day. (And BTW, I neither keep tabs on who *does* and who *doesn’t* support this individual b’day project, nor would I take abstention personally. This has to be “fun”! And if it’s not your idea of fun, then that is absolutely fine with me, and I look forward to seeing how you do or don’t mark the day 😊. Oh, and I of course fully endorse any private donation activity via Richard’s JustGiving pages or elsewhere! )
Have I forgotten anything? Suggestions, offers, comments? If so, let me know. Otherwise I am looking forward to another birthday week with a bit of auction fun for a good cause. Oh, and guess what? Yeah, I am already busy…