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JKR in Romania: Day Two with Photos and More

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
January 26, 2006, 12:43 PM

J.K. Rowling is in her second day of her visit with the Children's High Level Group visit to Romania as part of an effort to raise awareness and funds for the orphans of Eastern Europe. Last night Jo attended a gala fundraising event, where thousands of dollars were raised from an auction, including the bidding for signed copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Last wire reports say:

According to the Mediafax news agency six copies of the latest adventure of the boy wizard, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", autographed by author J.K. Rowling, went for between 5,000 and 18,000 euros each at a dinner Wednesday.

Rowling paid 8,500 euros for a football shirt belonging to Brazilian star Claudio Taffarel.

In all 170,000 euros were raised, the money to go to orphans throughout Europe.

While in Romania, Jo has been making several visits along the way, and we now have some nice new high res press photos (with captions), including two precious photos of Jo and recently abandoned infants, which you can see below. Jo was scheduled to be interviewed today, and although we are not certain if this interview was for both print and television press, Leaky can confirm that Jo will be taping something that will appear on the fundraiser which is due to be broadcast here soon. Stay tuned for more!

Update: Jo appeared on the broadcast briefly during the broadcast of the telethon today. There were two clips of her attending the black tie gala fundraiser . Jo (looking gorgeous in a black gown and great pair of earrings) was shown bidding for an autographed football shirt, and signed something as well. Later a taped appeal by our favorite author was broadcast in the program. In this very short statement, Jo said she was heartened by the work they are doing, and encouraged others out there to help as well. Anyone with screencaps or a clip, please send them in!

High Res photos:

Jo and VIPs with Baby

Jo looks at a nurse holding 2 month-old Salomea Maria Perianu, as
Romanian Premier Calin Popescu Tariceanu, left, holds the baby's hand,
and Baroness Emma Nicholson smiles during a visit to the maternity
ward of the Giulesti hospital, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday Jan.
25 2006. Salomea was left at the hospital by her mother, a young Roma
living in unheated accommodation, and will be placed with foster
parents for three months.

Jo and Baby in Crib

Jo smiles at Maria Dinescu during a visit to the maternity ward of the
Giulesti hospital, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday Jan. 25 2006.
Maria was abandoned by her mother in the hospital.

Jo speaking

Jo talks to Andreea Albuletu, 16, an institutionalised child who won a
national talent competition, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday Jan. 25

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