I just took a break to have dinner because the thoughts were spinning through my head and I just couldn’t think straight, let alone write a coherent blog post. I am still in shock and I don’t think this is going to be a literary masterpiece, but I owe you a first, provisional tally. “Provisional” because we still have donations coming in, and while that is happening, I won’t know the exact sum that we are going to transfer via JustGiving to Shelter on Thursday. So the caveat is, that some money donations may still come in, while some will be deducted in order to pay the eBay fees. However, there are fantastic news to be passed on.
I already left a hint over on Twitter that we managed to pass another major milepost. Massive. And unexpected by me. In fact, at lunchtime today I was not sure whether we’d pass the 1,500 € mark. Doubting Thomasina me. Of course we did. And just to prove me really wrong, the air started to burn when the “last hourS” – the time between 4.10pm and 5.21pm, when the 29 eBay auctions were set to finish – began. My phone kept buzzing. My intention to live-tweet the final minutes of each auction, quickly petered out – admin duties took over. But this is what went down:
Between lunchtime and the end of the auctions our eBay tally increased by almost 300 €. The final result of the eBay auctions is a massive 1,640.90 Euro (1496.93 £ or 1821.97 US$). Additionally, the separate e-mail auction of the custom RAPS generated 175 €. The proceeds have been further increased by independent donations to the tune of 235 €. So, all of that together brings us past the above mentioned milepost:
For our British and US supporters that means 1870.42 £ and 2277.22 US$ respectively.
The caveat is that some of that will be deducted in the shape of eBay fees. (10.7% of the eBay tally = 175.58 €) However, I think we are not quite yet arrived at the final sum because I have heard that some people are still planning to donate to the fundraiser. Hence this is just a provisional result. The full accounts will be posted before I transfer the money on Thursday. Until then, donations can still be received. If you would like to contribute, send me an e-mail and I will let you know the account details.
So, even before we have the final, final tally, let me send a big hug and a huge thank you to all of you who took part in the auctions. All your contributions – the donated items, the hand-crafted items, the donations for postage and for the fundraiser, your support, your suggestions, your comments, your RTs and reposts and reblogs, your encouragement on Twitter, FB, tumblr and WordPress, and of course *all* of your bids – I appreciate them all because altogether *you* have achieved this result. I am very happy that we will be able to contribute such a sizeable sum to a great cause. It just goes to prove that we can *really* get results if we work together. It makes me happy to be part of such a community.
I will sleep well tonight. And I can’t wait to pack all the goodies and send them off to the auction winners tomorrow.