JK Rowling Steps Down from MS Society Scotland?


Apr 08, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

There is a new report tonight stating J.K. Rowling has resigned her role as Patron of MS Society Scotland, an organization she has long supported. The Press Association is reporting tonight that JKR is stepping aside from her involvement in the charity due to internal conflicts, and has this quote from the Harry Potter author:

“I have now reluctantly decided that I cannot, in good conscience,
continue to be the public face of a charity that is changing beyond
recognition from the one with which I have been so proud to be

Readers will recall that Jo has long supported MS Society Scotland, often hosting elaborate fund raising gala events for the charity over the years, and has long worked to help raise funds and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, the disease that claimed the life of her mother. We are working to learn more on her resignation, and will update with more when we can.

31 Responses to JK Rowling Steps Down from MS Society Scotland?

Avatar ImageLupinAscending says: I wonder what they possibly could have done - or be doing - that would cause her to withdraw her support? Must be some internal squabbling or controversy over funds. That's sad.Avatar Imagesp00kym00ny says: I agree Lupinascending, I want to know what could have happened.Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: Wow, interesting. I'd like to know what the society is doing that would cause such conflict.Avatar ImageNyssaM says: wow. poor Jo. Avatar Imagemollywobble says: Wow. That is really surprising. I wonder what is going on? Maybe Jo will start her own MS Charity instead?Avatar Imagefelixfelicis11 says: Ahh, I'm curious now! And, Linnyish, I heard that today too!Avatar ImageNiphai says: wow, this really is suprising, but I believe that she has her personal reasons for it, so I'm not going to question that decision..Avatar Imagebudgie says: The people with that disease certainly can use all the help they can get. I hope things get sorted out. All the best Jo.Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: That's surprising! Something really bad must have happened...Avatar ImageZoom says: To quote Ollivander: "Curious...very curious"Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is a pity that she has estranged herself from this group. I only hope that the internal issues mentioned are not such that they impede its capacity to reach out to those affected by MS.Avatar ImageStarlysh says: Wow. Weird.Avatar Imagecghambright says: I wonder what the charity did to screw things up. It sounds like they did something that JKR didn't approve of. But whatever, MS is an issue that JKR is deeply involved in so I'm sure she will continue to give money to the cause. Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: Wow. Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: I wonder what this is about...Avatar Image10thweasley says: wow surprising, but I'm glad that she stood up for what she believes in and didn't continue to support them with a conflictAvatar ImageCatherine says: OMG! i wonder what the heck is going on! she wouldnt step down for no reason! Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: sadness.Avatar ImageAttolia says: That is really surprising. I'm sure she wasn't very happy about it.Avatar ImageBradyboy says: I wish she would go into more detail, but she must have had a good reason.. Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: I wonder wht happened - hopefully she'll use her new free time to other charitible works, the scottish book or her wonderful family!Avatar Imagenoe_lover_42 says: ok cool :) <<--- Add Me On Myleaky :]Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: Bad news for that charity. . . .Avatar ImageFlittwick says: I am a member of the MS society in the UK and I have seen things changing but I have to say dispite the way the "officialdom" I considr that the member/sufferer is PARAMOUNT I understand others feelings and support Jo's decision 100%Avatar Imagesessionka says: I'm surprised she acknowledged that her reason for resigning was due to a conflict within the organization. Usually people make some benign statement, but this was pretty blatant. To me, that speaks to mismanagement within the organization. To allow a major fundraiser to leave your organization doesn't say much for your board of directors.Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: DEAR JO IT IS HARD TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO AND BE A MOM / WRITTER/ INTERNATIONAL HOST. MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. LET SOMEONE ELSE CARRY THE TORCH FOR A WHILE.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This is a sad development. Avatar ImageJustine_Lam says: Happy to hear that JK is still funding MS research. I work for an multiple sclerosis research organization that is trying to change the paradigm of research -- speeding it up through collaboration with different labs & pharma co's. Wish there was some way to get her to notice Myelin Repair Foundation. Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: wow. that sucks. i respect her for standing up for what she beleives in. WAY TO GO JO!Avatar ImageHermioneWwannabe says: hmm...muy interesante...I'm very curious now. Way to stand up with you believe in Jo and be eloquent and respectful about it at the same time. :)Avatar ImageDanielleD says: wow.......

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