Have you already been waiting for this notice? I am sorry that I am so late. I’ve been meaning to write a post for the last few days, but I’ve been busy. In the meantime I have received several messages, asking whether the fundraiser is going to happen this August again, and a couple of packages have reached me with items for the sale and auction. So, yes, the fundraiser is coming *confetti* *balloons* *fanfare*
Here is what I am thinking in terms of timeframe and dates: Working backwards from RA’s birthday on the 22nd of August, experience has taught me that we need *ample* time for eBay and Etsy to transfer the proceeds of auctions and sale to my account, in order for me to make the final donation on the day of Richard’s birthday. In the past I’ve had some issues with that, and therefore I propose to schedule the auctions from Monday 8th of August to Thursday 11th August. Once the auctions are finished, I will then open the Etsy store for the sale items from Thursday – either until sold out or until Sunday evening, 14th August. That will leave me 5 business days for the monies to be transferred to me, hopefully in time for the final donation on Monday, 22nd August. Does that make sense?
Just to manage expectations, there won’t be as many auctions as last year. While I have a number of items already earmarked for the auctions, there will be less than the 50 items we had on offer last year. The big 5-0 was a special deal, if you know what I mean 😉.
But don’t worry, there will be lots of interesting bits and pieces, handmade and original, used and new. Sonja’s trusty old Excel sheet has already come out and plenty of fan items are on my list.
And even more exciting, the Etsy sale is shaping up to have a really exciting range of different, handmade items on offer. Without giving too much away, I can already say that Kate has been busy creating her much-loved RA tags, Anne and Ani are collaborating again for some unique items, Poppy has put together some one-of-a-kind pieces, and Esther has been creative with the printers again. I’ll be adding a variety of handmade pieces, too.
If anyone still would like to add something to the auctions or the sale, there is still a little bit of time to do so – but not much. Postal times are rather long these days, so if you want to contribute, please get in touch quickly 😉.
Just one more thing. I have been asked which charity we are benefitting this time round. Personally, I quite like the idea of (consistently) supporting *one* charity, i.e. in this case LOROS who have been our beneficiaries for the last few years. However, I had a look at Richard’s Just Giving site, and the fundraising site in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK which he had opened for Christmas and New Year 2021 is still live. Both causes are personal and close to his heart. I prefer using either one of those as opposed to another/ a new cause because both LOROS via MuchLoved as well as Pancreatic Cancer UK via Just Giving are directly connected to Richard and he will thus receive notification of our donation and birthday message as soon as it is made. Let me know what you think!
Otherwise – sit back, put a few pennies aside, and relax. Fundraiser fun coming your way!!!