Authors for the Philippines is an online auction to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. In March 2011, author Keris Stainton set up an online auction following the tsunami in Japan. That auction raised over £12,000, and author Keren David suggested another auction to help the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
The world’s most powerful typhoon, Haiyan, slammed into the Philippines on Friday (8 November), causing catastrophic damage. It is the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people are already homeless after an earthquake in mid-October.
The 300-mile wide typhoon – locally known as Yolanda – has left a trail of destruction with thousands feared dead. The full extent of the damage will become clearer in the next few days as rescue teams reach the more remote areas.
Philippine Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since before the storm hit, helping with evacuation plans and warning communities. Now, they are getting aid to the people who are most in need and preparing to help thousands more.
The auction goes live on Wednesday morning, 13th November and you will be able to bid on the items via the comments section on the individual posts. Bids in UK pounds only – bid as many times as you like! See the index of items here – but its being constantly updated.
Once the auction has ended on Wednesday 20th November, the organisers will contact the winning bidder and ask them to donate the funds directly to the Red Cross and send the confirmation of payment to them.
When they’ve received the confirmation, they’ll ask the relevant author to contact the winning bidder. (In other words, all donations are to be made directly to the Red Cross appeal.)
The auction includes an incredible range of signed first editions, original artwork and services to authors – if you’re interested in bidding on an item, please see the Browsing & Bidding page.
If you’re an author who would like to offer an item for auction, please email email@example.com
For more info and to view the lots on offer, click on http://authorsforphilippines.wordpress.com/