23rd November 2013

Authors for the Philippines

UPDATE on previous post (below): Bidding has now closed. Authors for the Philippines raised over £55,000 for the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan appeal. Absolutely amazing and so proud to have been a part of this. Below: ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ – one of the many books donated.

Oliver pic

Ooh, it’s been a wee while since I’ve bloggetty blogged and this is for a variety of reasons: 1) I needed a break. 2) The filing cabinet in my head overfloweth. 3) I will be launching a new blog via a new website very soonly *squeals* 4) I have been writing!

However, this is something very worth blogging about and has brought me out of hiding, as it were. You will, no doubt, all know about the Philippines typhoon – Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms ever recorded. At least 10,000 people are feared dead, and I suspect this number will rise.

There are many charities doing as much as they can to raise money to help, but I wanted to bring your attention to something that was brought to my attention… thank you Emma Pass… this morning.

Authors for the Philippines has been set up to encourage authors to donate books, critiques, school visits, which people can then bid for, in order to raise money for the Philippines. It’s a great and worthy cause and these people really do need our help. The storms we suffer here in the UK are nothing by comparison, and I can barely imagine how terrifying and devastating a storm of this magnitude would be.

So please hop over to the Authors for the Philippines site and see if there’s anything you can donate to help. Go to ‘Donate an item for auction’ towards the top of the page. I’ll be donating a signed set of the Ruby and Grub books, and many other authors have already made pledges – the more, the better!

Many thanks x


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