How do you do it, people? These birthday auction fundraisers get better and bigger and better and bigger every year! I am stunned and currently not properly able to put everything into smooth words. But perhaps you are not waiting for a rhetorical fireworks, anyway, just stfu Sonja and give us the low-down. I will. But with the caveat that this is the first, provisional result, not a final number.
- I have not received *all* eBay payments yet (gentle reminder to check your inboxes for the invoices in case you haven’t yet paid or possibly paid only for *one* instead of *all* items you won). However I am basing the accounts on the money *supposedly* generated.
- I know the eBay fees and will deduct them, but do not know the final Paypal fees yet (because they are automatically deducted from the incoming eBay payments, see above).
- There may yet be further voluntary donations, so the final donations sum could change.
- We have a postage fund of 370 Euro and it is possible that there may be some money left-over – which will go into the final donation, too.
- Also – you may need to cut me some slack with my calculations. I am giddy with excitement, my brain is running on overload, and I hope I am not getting muddled in my enthusiasm.
So, cautiously calculated and final sums pending this is the low-down:
The auctions on eBay generated the stunning sum of
For our RA sisters in the US and UK – that is 2543.88 Pounds and 3360.75 US-Dollar.
Yes, indeed. As I said. Bigger and better than ever. An amazing amount. So much so that I actually nearly broke into sweats when I realised that the auction proceeds were coming dangerously close to the selling limit of 3,000 Euro (per month) on eBay. *phew* Disaster averted… in the best possible way.
So pat yourselves on the back, you wonderful, generous, kind and enthusiastic people! You have pushed the envelope once again. You are amazing and thanks go to all auction winners who coughed up, all bidders who contributed to pushing prices, all tweeters and social media commentators who raked up interest, and all donors and supporters. An amazing result.
Here comes the big but.
No, seriously. The big but is that fees will be deducted from that sum. I can already disclose that our eBay fees come up to 303.40 Euro. Paypal will be roundabout the 120 Euro mark. That leaves us with approximately 2,412.07 Euro from the auctions.
But – then there are the voluntary donations. A massive thank you to all wonderful donors and those who missed out on winning an auction and donated their budget instead. You are marvellous! I am going to keep you hanging with the final donation sum
cause I am mean that way, but I’ll leave you this hint: It more than makes up for the losses incurred due to fees. I can assure you that the final proceeds of the fundraiser (auctions and donations combined) will be wayyyyyyyy bigger than last year’s result.
Right, that’s it for now. I need a break. Celebrate yourselves! You’ve done a great thing!