Ben Patton Staff Writer
J.K. Rowling knows what she wants for her birthday; and you can help!
The Harry Potter author has a birthday coming up on July 31, and fans across the globe are joining together to give her a big present by donating towards her charity, Lumos.
Lumos is a charity which was set up and is also chaired by Rowling herself. The charity looks at protecting children and providing solutions to those in need of help. Around 8 million children are institutionalized and taken away from their families because of a number of reasons including disabilities, financial state and because they are of an ethnic minority. Above all the charity aims to end the institutionalization of children globally.
According to sources, last year fans started up a campaign called “Light Up Jo’s Birthday” and together raised over $1,500 for the charity. Rowling gratefully responded to the generosity of fans saying it was, “the best birthday present I’ve ever received”. Last year, the funds that were raised went to help make a school accessible for disabled children, “allowing them to stay at home with their families and not move to an institution.”
If giving to such a great charity wasn’t worth it enough, anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for some really great prizes!
Everyone who gives to the cause will be entered into a prize draw to receive some fantastic prizes, which include;
A signed photo of Matt Lewis
A signed photo of Dame Maggie Smith
A signed photo of Warwick Davis as Griphook, kindly donated by The Signature Shop
A signed copy of Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
A tweet from Evanna Lynch (remember to leave your Twitter username if you’d like to be entered for this!)
Also, if you give just £5 you will also be entered into the Grand prize draw to win either;
A signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling or
A one-of-a-kind set of photographs of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, taken by Harry Potter scriptwriter Steve Kloves at the Deathly Hallows Part II premiere.
Hop over donation website here to give even just £1, and be sure to read the FAQ and Terms and Conditions for the prize drawings. *Also, if you are a UK tax payer, remember to tick the Gift Aid box to raise even more money!
You can visit the Lumos charity website here to find out more about what they do and what they have done.
The deadline for donations is J.K. Rowlings’s birthday, July 31 2013.
July 31 2013.