Unable to continue just tweeting outrage at the terrible pictures of dying children in the refugee crisis, Patrick Ness launched a fundraising page for Save the Children yesterday, September 3rd 2015, promising to match fund up to £10,000 if people donated. That total was smashed in under two hours and John Green stepped in with a further £10,000 of matched funds. This was swiftly followed by a further £10,000 from Derek Landy, then JoJo Moyes and then Hank Green. As each total was passed more and more authors joined in. Rainbow Rowell rallied round an amazing group of YA authors who matched £10,000. Those fab people are Brendan Reichs, Ally Carter, Margaret Stohl, Jenny Han, Shannon Hale, Siobhan Vivian, Richelle Mead, Gayle Forman, Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi.
Not to be outdone, More YA authors from USA got in on the action, too, and matched another £10,000 They are Margaret Stohl (again!), Melissa de la Cruz, Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, Lauren DeStefano, Pseudonymous Bosch, David Levithan, Libba Bray Lauren Oliver, Jacqueline Woodson, Alexandra Bracken, IW Gregorio, Stacey Lee and an incredible effort from Maureen Johnson who gave bespoke nicknames to everyone who donated on her timeline. As I type this, the total raised is £248,403.50 from 3,934 donors.
This is an inspirational piece of news to display in the school library to show young readers that the authors they admire care very deeply about the world we live in and the sort of society that young people will inherit.It may well inspire fundraising in your own school as well as valuable copy for future citizenship, sociology,politics,history and geography study.
UPDATE - FRIDAY AFTERNOON!
( Message from Patrick)
It's been an amazing day! Authors Rosamund Lupton, David Nicholls, Louisa Young and YA publisher Andersen Press have all pledged (and had matched!), so you can add £45,000 to the total on the right! ( above)
What's more, when we reach £200,000, the awesome Marian Keyes will donate £10,000. And if we raise another £10,000 after that, Horrid Henry legend Francesca Simon will add ANOTHER £10,000.
What's more, the very good people at Virgin Giving have agreed, if we reach £250,000, to waive ALL FEES! Let's do this!
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