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Amazing + What You Can Do Next Week + LR Update
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
heidi8 wrote in help_haiti
We've added the numbers. We've checked them all twice.

Not quite half of the pledges have been confirmed yet, and we still have a few more pages to check through in the Lightning Round, but at this point, we can state that over $50,000 has already been donated to various relief organizations to help Haiti rebuild.

And if all the pledges are kept and the sums donated, help_haiti will have raised nearly $115,000.00.

Nearly one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars.

I want to use sparkly text and fireworks and a very large font, but for the sake of decorum, I won't. You can in the comments section, though!

And that doesn't even include the "on the side" donations that so many of us have done in thanks for the wonderful Offerors who've gone above and beyond their offer to write additional stories, create additional art, bake extra cookies, etc. Nor does it include all the rounding up people are doing - donating ten when their total was seven, or a hundred dollars when their total was eighty eight bucks.

As of now, there are 40 pages of confirmed donations - the sum of the confirmed donations is $43142.82.

As of now, the total confirmed as donated from the Lightning Round is just about $7,000.

Yes, that is over fifty thousand dollars in confirmed donations - plus we know at least three thousand additional dollars have been donated through people rounding up and our wonderful Anon who donated $1500 to UNICEF.

We haven't tallied the totals from the Requests yet, but we are sure they will be lovely, glorious and spectacular.

Where do we go from here

Sometimes you have to quote "Once More With Feeling".

We are going to close the Lightning Round late in the day on Sunday. We'll set it so posts going forward are screened, which will allow Offerors and Bidders to communicate, but will block people from adding new offers.

We had been planning on waiting until February to do another Lightning Round, but LiveJournal's Help Haiti V-Gift Drive next week seems to call our for drabbles and drawbles. So from Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th, we'll have a whirlwind Lightning Round, and we'll encourage you to make your donations in the form of v-gifts to your friends.

The Requests thread will stay open until February 1, and then all future posts will be screened as well. We will set up a new Requests thread when the next full auction goes live.

And yes, we will have another full auction - it will start sometime in February but the exact dates are still to be determined, in part because the mods - especially the amazing team members who stayed up into the wee hours notifying winning bidders and offerors - need to bank their sleep.

Plus, we have to finish confirming donations. Remember, you can send your confirmation to the Offeror, or the Mods, or both - but when you do, please include the URL for the item that you won. If you've already sent in your confirmation, we will let the Offeror know by tomorrow evening (EST). Going forward, expect the turnaround to be about 24 hours.

If you're looking for another way to donate this weekend, check out the amazing pan-fandom telethon that's being hosted by the HP Alliance. Rooted in the Harry Potter community, and representing many fan communities (including Heroes, Lost, True Blood, The Wire and Firefly), this group of podcasters, musicians, artists and activists will put on a four-hour show that includes entertainment, performance, interviews, news and a lot more. We will laugh, talk and listen while we raise money for Partners in Health, an organization helping those hardest hit by the tragedy.Help Haiti Heal logo

If you donate to Partners in Health via the telethon or through the evening of January 30, you'll be eligible for one of the thank-you gifts donated by amazing people like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, the cast of The Guild and even J.K. Rowling, who donated a signed set of the Harry Potter books. Visit the site for more information about the fundraiser.

I'll be one of the hosts for the second hour - probably starting at about 3:30 PM EST - and I'm going to talk about help_haiti . I'd love to be able to quote some of you who've participated as Offerors, bidders (even if you didn't win!), supporters, pluggers, etc. If there's something you'd like me to read during my show, please post it as a comment. I'm still trying to figure out a way to include audio clips, so please keep an eye on the comm if you're interested in contributing that way.

Speaking of contributing - special thanks and love to djinnj , drvsilla , glendaglamazon , jiggery_pokery , jlh , memphis86 , musikologie , oulangi , rane_ab , meggitymeg , stinaleigh and tresa_cho for their amazing work in notifying Offerors and Winning Bidders - you've probably seen at least one of their names in your in-box this week. Collectively, they worked around the clock, dealing with the LJ captcha system, our Google Spreadsheet of D00M and various quantities of caffeine, and I doff my cap to each of them.
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is astounding and outstanding!!!!!

Oh my god, this is absolutely amazing, and I want to just give you all a big hug or cookies or something, but you'll have to settle for the fact that I am sitting here flailing at the screen like a crazy person.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for the hard work and time you put into this; because of everyone in this community, Haiti's community will be much improved.

WOW, that is amazing. Congratulations--I know you guys worked your backsides off doing this, and you made a huge difference, not only for Haiti, but for us, in helping us all to make a difference for Haiti and in such a fun way. I'm looking forward to more...and hope you get lots of well-deserved rest in between. \o/

Guys, that is absolutely incredible. :D Really, really well done on all your hard work. Fandom is so squishy!

Thank you for giving your time, energy, and love. I can't tell you how much we all appreciate it!

I think everything I wanted to say has already been said (with more elequence than I would have, and in inch high sparkly text)

*hugs everyone*

I can't believe how generous everyone has been with their talents, their bids, and their time. You guys have restored my faith in fandom. Heck, you have restored my faith in humanity.

Sometimes we're weird. Sometimes we're wanky. Sometimes we have no idea what we are. But this time we were an unstoppable force for good.

oh my god, this has raised so much money. go fandom!

and go you guys, for organising this - I'm sure it can't have been easy

It seems like all the news I've been reading lately is bad, and this community has definitely been a bright spot amid all that. It was so much fun to participate and be part of such an amazing effort. Thank you all for your hard work! I'm speechless--$115,000. FANDOM ROCKS!

blessed be.
such an honor and privilege to have been a part of this effort.

oceans of love to the mods!! y'all are AMAZING. Thank you.


I'm gonna confess I'm confused as hell about who won my offering but I'm still blown away by how this worked out. I don't EVER want to hear fandom called any kind of disparaging names ever again. If I hear it, I'll say, "Hey, we raised over $100,000 to help after the earthquakes in Haiti, and we did it in less than two weeks, and we did it with BIG SMILES on our faces."

I can't do fancy graphics. I'll just increase my font size.


Edited at 2010-01-23 06:48 am (UTC)

According to our records loligo won your Offering, here: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/2138.html?thread=3479130#t3479130 . Unless there's another offer that I'm overlooking?

I want to send major kudos to the community mods and their helpers. You guys have done a fantastic job!

The Fandoms that Roared

this is copied from my LJ, 'cause it does say exactly what I want to say to you guys....

help_haiti is a journal that was created on 13 January 2010 to enlist and centralise the fandom community's good will to support the people of Haiti, following their devastating earthquake on the 12th.

At the time I'm writing, over $50,000 has been donated with a great deal more to come.

I am amazed and humbled and so damned proud of every single person involved; who has given their time, their effort, their donations and their goodwill, freely and without reserve. This is an incredible thing and there's been moments today, as I've watched the tally rising, where I've gone from excited to absolutely gobsmacked to empowered by what a generally disparate bunch of fangirl and fanboys can achieve.

To every single person who has taken part, I'd like to say thank you.

To the mods, who I will list here, deirdre_c, djinnj, drvsilla, glendaglamazon, jiggery_pokery, jlh, memphis86, musikologie, oulangi, heidi8, rane_ab, meggitymeg, stinaleigh, tresa_cho I'd like to say thank you. You have honoured us all, by enabling fandom to shine.

I am so very, very proud at this moment to be part of the fandom community.

Wow, that's amazing :O Thanks so much for all the hard work you guys put into the comm! :)