Do you want to hear the good news first or the bad?
Nah, I’ll start with the good. And I’ll make it short. Let me just say that this evening’s home stretch of the fan auctions was just… manic. I tried to tweet, but I couldn’t keep up. Some amazing last minute bidding pushed us well past the big milestone I had hinted at. I have to laugh now that I had thought we mightn’t reach it. Many bidders who were pipped at the post, actually diverted their budget to the monetary donations via Paypal instead. So that sum rose quickly, too. Add to that the Etsy sale, which was still coming in (but which I have now ended), and we did something incredible.
Our total, generated from the fan-fronted auctions, fan donations and fixed-price purchases have exceeded the proceeds of Guy’s jacket!
Reminder: Guy’s jacket made €6,333 (of which a hefty sum actually is deducted for eBay fees, but that’s something for the final accounts). So you can work it out… The upshot is: Together with Richard, we have generated a definite five-figure donation. I can’t give you the final number yet – there will be deductions due to eBay and Etsy fees, and a big chunk will go towards postage. The full accounts will be posted next week. But I think I can safely say that the final donation will be five figures! Incredible!
Please pat yourselves on the back: Everyone who donated an item to our auctions, who crafted and who designed. Everyone who placed a bid on eBay and lost, or bid and won. Everyone who bought an item in the fixed-price sale. Everyone who sent a donation via Paypal. Everyone who tweeted, commented, signal-boosted, liked and shared. Everyone who carefully packed a “used leather jacket” in a sturdy box and secured it with tape. You all made this happen! Thank you! Celebrate!
And now for the bad news. The delay of the fan auctions unfortunately has set us back by a few days. What that means is: I am really sorry, but the funds will not be available in my bank account for making our donation on Richard’s birthday as planned. eBay needs several working days to process the payments and transfer them to my account. And essentially you have been too generous 😉 – I simply do not have enough money myself to transfer the sum from my own stash *before* I receive the eBay proceeds in my account. I am really disappointed myself – my planning was shot to pieces – but the donation will only be transferred some time mid-week, next week. Please accept my apologies, but payment processing times are out of my hands. My only hope is that our birthday present will still be gratefully received by Richard even if a few days late. Sorry!
But still – let’s celebrate the achievement. I think we really did something great…
And just a litte admin note at the end: Over the weekend I will get all your items from sale and auctions packed and ready for dispatch. You will receive notifications on eBay and Etsy once your purchases have been sent. And as soon as I have all the funds in my account, I will transfer the donation to LOROS, and I will notify you as soon as that is done.
Lots of love to you all,
an exhausted but happy Sonja ❤️