Right. First of all: Veil of silence over a) porn ‘stache and b) ankle zippers. *shudders*. On the other hand, a nice little tweet a couple of days ago from RA in response to Kate and Shelter.
While there have been *many* individual contributions to Shelter for Richard’s birthday, I think we may also include our auction proceeds in the donation that Richard mentions. It makes me very, very happy that we have been supporting this particular cause, not least because in the last few months I have become friendly with a homeless woman who often sits outside my local supermarket, and I *know* from her that the problem of homelessness is dire, especially for women. When I see her, I inadvertently wonder, what 2300 Euro would do for her? She lives in a tent about 500 meters away from me, on the banks of the Grand Canal. Today she told me that the council came by to evict her. How the fuck can a homeless person be evicted, I ask you? From a tent. From a public space?! I felt ashamed because I had nothing to offer her, not even adequate words. My sympathy does not buy her food, drink, warmth, or safety. It should NOT be left to citizens nor to charitable organisations to provide shelter and safety to the homeless. It should be the state that looks after its own. I intend to ask my local politicians for action.
Back to Richard’s acknowledgment of donations to Shelter. Funnily enough, this tweet came as I was just getting a last post re. the charity auctions together. Seriously, I apologise for bringing it up again, but I am a stickler for accuracy and correctness, especially when money is involved. So, a month after the 2019 RA Birthday Auctions, eBay has just sent me the final bill for the auction fees. In the interest of transparency, here is the bill. (Since I am registered with the German arm of eBay, the bill is in German. I have translated the important bits into English.)
I had already worked out the final sum in my previous communications to you. Those 175,57 € had been deducted from the proceeds of the auctions and are therefore paid and taken care of. However, you also kindly donated extra monies to me to cover the postage fees. With the last of the packages now sent (delayed due to the recipient moving house), I can now present the final accounts for postage, too.
Thanks to a late, large donation, the postage donations came to 302.49 €. The actual postage costs came to 221.80 €. (There is one auction item left to be sent, but it is small and will be sent in an envelope, so I will take on those costs myself.) That leaves a surplus of 80.69 €!
The money can not stay with me, as it was donated for a good cause. So I would like to donate it in the name of all the participants. Shall I donate it to Shelter again, or is that somehow embarrassing after Richard just praised the efforts by the fandom in aid of Shelter? Lemme know!
I’ll get the donation ready asap.