This weekend the fun starts:
So, in case you haven’t quite caught the gist of it: The fan auctions in honour of RA’s birthday will start tomorrow and run until Tuesday to facilitate transferring the donation on Richard’s birthday on Thursday. Richard once said about gifts “I do, however, wish to ask, (…) as I look at the small mountain of carefully chosen gifts purchased with those hard earned pennies; wracked with guilt when I think of the potential that your collective generosity could provide for those who have much less than I do; for you to pause and consider. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all your support and kind words, these are gifts enough!” And hence I invite you to consider buying *yourself* a gift – which will then turn into a donation for a charity, and subsequently into a gift for Richard.
This strategy has worked very well in previous years – many of you came together to support the auctions with contributions, donations and “marketing”. And even more of you are giving Richard a birthday gift by way of donating to the causes he champions on JustGiving. In fact, Richard’s JustGiving pages combined have generated more than USD$ 150,000!!! That is a stunning amount. Through our previous fundraisers since 2014 on this blog, we have generated more than USD$10,000 for charity! If you like the idea of a donation, you can donate to Richard’s charities through his fundraising pages on JustGiving. (You can find links to all of his charities on the RAnet landing page, just underneath the Amazon links.) As for the funds generated through the auctions: The proceeds (minus fees for eBay) will all go into the donation, as we are offering all auctions free of postage/packaging charges.
This year’s auctions will conclude in the afternoon/evening (in my time zone) of August 20th – a couple of days *before* Richard’s actual birthday. The auction winners will be automatically notified by eBay – and I am hoping that all monetary transactions will be concluded by Thursday, 22 August because I would love to transfer our donation on the day of Richard’s birthday. The auction proceeds will benefit Shelter, a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland. It gives advice, information and advocacy to people in need, and tackles the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people. It works in partnership with Shelter Cymru in Wales and the Housing Rights Service in Northern Ireland.
As mentioned above, the auctions are hosted on eBay, which has a wide reach, makes bidding more reliable, easy and more anonymous, and has its own easy and secure payment service attached. You can already bookmark my eBay page for tomorrow. There are no auctions live yet, but I will activate them successively from late afternoon onwards. I will provide an overview over all listings here, including pictures, descriptions and links. However, the auctions are taking place on eBay, *not* here. You will also find the small print in tomorrow’s post – please do read it, to avoid disappointment.
Right – enough said. I still have *eeeeeek* 25 auction descriptions to write 😱 . I think the weekly round-up may be cancelled…
Spread the word! And mark the date!