Can you still read or are you still on the floor? I’ll give you a second to recover.
I would like to congratulate you all to this massive, stunning, breathtaking and overwhelming result of this year’s auctions and fundraiser in honour of Richard’s birthday. It is hard to believe, but the 2020 fundraiser has raised the bar higher than I ever imagined. Thanks to 40 fan item auctions on eBay as well as 27 individual donations to the birthday fund, we have generated a final donation sum of 3,100 Pounds. (Switching to British Pounds here because that is the currency used on the MuchLoved donation site for LOROS as seen in the screen shot above). In Euro and Dollars we are talking 3,440.23 Euro or 4,057.75 Dollar . Whichever currency, it is an incredible amount, and while there is no monetary value on the admiration and esteem we hold for Richard, it still is an indicator of how much we enjoy his work and appreciate him as a voice in this world. I hasten to add that that esteem is of course also expressed in the many individual donations to his charity pages that have been made by fans privately, as well as the countless birthday tweets and posts and cards he has received. He deserves them all, and however modest he may be about it all, it is to his credit that he inspires so much love and generosity.
While the above screenshot of the donation via the MuchLoved site (click this link to see the donation on the site itself) may serve as proof of transfer, I can’t rest without making the accounts transparent for you. (Daughter of a German civil servant and multiple honorary treasurer here 😁)
The auction generated gross revenues of 2,835.47€ (i.e. before all fees). The donations came up to 1,022.86€. (The uneven numbers are caused by currency conversions as well as deduction of Paypal fees.) For the fundraiser total, I had to deduct the costs incurred through using eBay’s auction services as well as the transaction fees for payment through Paypal.
As you can see the final amount transferred to LOROS was bumped up by a few Euro to a nice tidy sum – these are monies left over from the postage fund.
My final thanks go to all supporters of this fundraiser. First of all to the donors who put effort into creating unique fan items and who donated other coveted fan memorabilia for the auctions. Secondly I’d like to thank *anyone* who placed a bid at any time during the three day auctions. At the last look, there had been close to 700 bids in total – but that was way before the madness of the final hours began. Any of these bids was a contribution to the final item price. Thirdly, thank you to the auction winners who truly showed generosity of purse and spirit by investing their money in the (admittedly priceless!) items. Number four, thank you to anyone who contributed to the donations fund – many of whom added a donation on top of their auction payment or who put their designated auction budget into the donations fund when they did not win the item they had bid on. Finally, my grateful thanks also to everyone who chimed in on the auction excitement by cheering from the sidelines, leaving comments on blogs, tweeting, retweeting, posting and tagging. You all have contributed to the success of this fundraiser, and this achievement is totally yours!
As for the bloke whose birthday is at the bottom of all this…
Happy birthday, Rich!
Shall I leave out the number?
I feel your pain, I really do. My milestone birthday is just past me, and *ouch*. It seems unreal, doesn’t it? But the number does not detract from what I see in you: an incredible energetic, multitalented, multifaceted, decent, kind and youthful man with a wide range of interests. What you have to offer still fascinates me, both as viewer as well as a fan.
To me as an interested onlooker it seemed as if your 49th year was one of the best yet: you expanded your professional life to Korean sci-fi, you returned back to the London stage with Uncle Vanya, you celebrated a massive success with a top billing in The Stranger, and you apparently brought your own production company on the road. And then there were your extensive activities inside assorted wardrobes and studios. You allowed some new insights in your private life in some very personal interviews and spoke out about causes close to your heart. It’s the latter that makes you an interesting person beyond the smooth veneer of a professional performer, and I look forward to seeing more of you as a man – as well as an actor.
So, 12 more months before you round the half-century. Now is the time, Rich – go get that tattoo; buy that house in New Zealand; shave off that beard; dress up as Thorin and finally whizz down a ski slope; drink Pinot Noir every day; record a trash metal album; live your life to the fullest. Surprise us. I suspect you’ll remain our favourite actor regardless of the antics you might come up with.
May your future be full of new projects, exciting professional challenges, fulfilment in your personal life, as well as hours of laughter, joy and happiness. Oh, and chocolate ice cream. Lots of chocolate ice cream.
I salute you with that Laurent Perrier.
Fondly and forever yours,
Edited to add a link