There’s no monetary value attached to birthday wishes – in the sense that they are priceless, cannot be measured in financial terms. And yet I have a number to announce here that you have been waiting for since this afternoon.
Apologies for taking so long, sending the eBay invoices, monitoring the payments and filing the addresses of the winners with the correct items has taken up all this time, and there was that annoying thing called ‘editorial deadline’ that got into the way, too. Before I present you our final tally, may I urge you to find a comfortable seat, and possibly hold your jaws, ’cause they might drop.
Our combined total of the 2018 RA Birthday Auctions is…
Here’s a little breakdown:
We received donations to the tune of 393.50 EUR. The e-mail auction of the Custom RAPS ended at 130 EUR. And the total of the auctions on eBay came to a massive, unbelievable 1746.48 EUR. Congratulations to the auction winners, to everyone who placed a bid and thus contributed to rising prices, to the donors of the items, those who sent donations in lieu of an auction win, who bumped up their auction wins with an extra donation, and those who followed and signalboosted the auctions on all platforms. You have done an amazing job, and this has been a wonderful fundraiser to be part of. Thank you!
To put it into perspective – 2269.98 EUR translates to 2631.02 USD$ and is equivalent of 2038.10 £. This is the highest amount we have raised so far in one of the charity auctions, and is testament to a) your generosity and b) to your willingness to support a cause that is extremely close to Richard’s heart. I can’t thank you enough for this. You are wonderful, and I don’t have the words to express how glad I am that we have achieved such a result in a community, collective effort. Congratulations to all – I think we are all winners today.
Talking of congratulations – with the birthday present now unwrapped, here’s the customary birthday message to Richard:
hooray, 17 again!!!!
Perhaps your fabulous genes may be the best present you have ever been given. I don’t think any physical present could ever match the gift of life, so foregoing a tangible gift, we have all clubbed together to raise some funds for LOROS in memory of your mum, on the occasion of your birthday. May it translate into a few more moments of precious time given to the patients and the families who are cared for by LOROS.
This may be a bitter sweet day for you, and I don’t really want to dwell on the loss that is doubtlessly at the forefront of your mind today. Mothers are something very special. They make us and shape us. And yours has made and shaped an extra-special human. I appreciate the evident kindness and consideration for those whose path you cross, your willingness to share your talent and art with the audience, your efforts at communicating with your fans, and your generosity of spirit when it comes to good causes.
May your next year heal all the wounds, provide artistic challenges, create wonderful encounters and give you many hours of happiness. Stay as you are!
Fond birthday greetings, lots of love, and enjoy life,
PS: FYI all auction winners: Thank you for promptly paying your won items. You are awesome! I might even be able to transfer the money tonight, still on RA’s birthday. The next steps are as follows: The items that are currently with me, will be put into the mail tomorrow. I will pass on the relevant addresses to the donors who are directly sending the items from their own location. A notification will be sent to you once the packages are on their way.