The most important bit first:
There is our final donation, all transferred over to LOROS via muchloved.com. This LINK takes you straight to our donation. And yes, we did make the €5,000 mark, but the donation had to be made in GB£, so all of a sudden we are back to 4,000 😉. However, let me translate it all for you: We had a final amount of €5308,63, which I have topped up myself to €5,350. However, converted into GB£, that looked like a crooked amount,
GB£4522.30, to be exact, and therefore I topped it up a bit more so that we got to a nice fiver on the last digit.
GB£4525 converts to €5353.19 or to US$5320.34 or AU$7741.66 or CA$6946.49
Once again, an amazing result of our community effort to raise funds for charity instead of individual gifts for Richard. Incredible, but the fundraiser has broken previous records. Some of it is easily explainable in that we are now not only auctioning stuff on eBay but also offered items for sale on Etsy. Double-whammy. We had 34 auctions on eBay that generated a net result of €2200,15. The Etsy sale had 130 items on offer (not all of which were sold) and created a net profit of €1846,26. However, we also had a huge amount of monetary donations this year, which really blew our proceeds out of the water. I received 74 individual Paypal donations to the tune of €2029,28. Some donors donated several times, there were donations from makers and donors of items, and there were extra donations from fans who had missed out on an item in the auctions or sale and nevertheless gifted their budget to the fundraiser.
I cannot thank you *all* enough for your participation and generosity.
However, I would also like to repeat my thanks to all buyers on Etsy, as well as all bidders on eBay. And I really mean *all* bidders, including those who did not have to cough up in the end. You may have lost out on the item, but you contributed to the final prices.
Thank you for opening your hearts – and your wallets!
Lastly, a big thank you to all Etsy buyers, especially considering that there were a couple of hick-up’s in my organisation this year. (I inadvertantly left 3 items out completely and I wrongly labelled some items in the second batch of the fixed-price sale. To my embarrassment I had to disappoint several buyers and refund their purchase. My sincere apologies for that.) Nonetheless you shopped very generously, and I was delighted to see the enthusiastic support for my fellow crafty fans!
Thank you for shopping for a good cause!
Thirdly, once again a massive thank you to the donors of fan items and crafted gems without whose contributions our auctions and sale would be a sad and sorry affair. My thanks (in no particular order) go to Poppy, Janee, Susanna, ZedEffEye, Celeste, Graza, Paula, Esther, Kate, Pamela, Suzanne, Louisa, Anne, Ani, Ilaria, Jen, Violet and Armidreamer. Additional thanks for items already donated for previous fundraisers but still in my stash go to Rachel, Young and Stacey.
Thank you for donating beloved items and ingenious crafty gems!
Lastly, thank you to all who followed the fundraiser here, on other blogs and on social media. Your comments, RTs, posts and replies are a huge help in spreading the word – not just of the fundraiser but of LOROS. It’s a contribution that you can’t put a price on.
Thank you for your help.
Talking of “putting a price on” – it is impossible to put a price on the joy we experience when we watch Richard’s work or the admiration we feel for him. However, I believe that our fundraiser proceeds are an indication how much we appreciate Richard and his work. Add to that the many wonderful individual donations made by his fans on their own (outside of this fundraiser), and it is safe to say that Richard really makes the world a little bit better 😉. However modest he may be about it all, it is to his credit that he inspires so much love and generosity.
Happy Birthday, Richard!
So, here’s to 51, Richard! Half a century + 1 is the new 30. (At least that is what I tell myself on birthday…) Over the last year since the milestone birthday, you have showed no signs of slowing down, much to the joy of your fans. I can’t wait to see you as the action priest and doing damage as an obsessed lover, and I look forward to hearing you narrate your own crime novel. For the next year I hope you have arrived at a place where you can enjoy letting go, letting loose, letting be, and letting it all hang out. Best of luck with all your projects – visual, audio and production-wise. May only thrilling scripts pass your desk, and may every encounter be a good one. Happy birthday and much love, Sonja ❤️
Last word: I do have the accounts ready for you, but have decided to get this post out now and write a separate post with the accounts tomorrow. I am sure you are already impatient to know our final proceeds, so dreary numbers must wait…
Edit: Added direct link to our donation