J. K. Rowling Light a Birthday Candle Charity Campaign for International Children’s Day

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May 13, 2010

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Lumos, the charitable organization co-founded by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, has organized a campaign to launch on June 1st, International Children’s Day, in support of the countless disadvantaged children living in institutions across Europe unable to celebrate their birthdays. The Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos Campaign asks people from across the world to host a birthday party in support of this effort, as well as lighting a virtual candle for the children. A press release reads:

Lumos works to put a stop to the systematic institutionalisation of disadvantaged children across Eastern and Central Europe. Year after year, the staff who look after children in these large residential institutions cannot give them the one-to-one attention that they so desperately need. That is why 01 June is often chosen as a day to celebrate, however the notion of a child’s individual birthday is lost ’ with many children not knowing their actual birth date at all.

Lumos is asking families, friends, employees and community groups to raise vital funds by hosting a ˜birthday’ party, lighting a candle, baking and bringing cakes to work, or by downloading a virtual candle and making a donation via mobile phones.

The funds raised will go towards Lumos’ work, helping move children out of institutions and into family-based care, so that next year many more children will be able to celebrate their birthday properly.

For full information on how to become involved in this campaign, and donate to the cause, please visit www.lumos.co.uk.
Additionally, support for this cause may be given by filling out this short survey on children’s birthday parties. Partnering with Netmums.com, Lumos hopes to “highlight the stark difference between the thousands of children living in institutions across Eastern Europe who are unable to celebrate their birthdays, and the types of birthday parties that most children in the UK enjoy,” by taking the survey.
As readers will recall, last February Lumos, formally the Children’s High Level Group, changed its name and shifted its focus to work “to transform the lives of disadvantaged children” and “end the systematic institutionalisation of disadvantaged children across Europe.” The charitable organization is “assisting the Czech government to develop a National Action Plan for the reform of all its services for vulnerable children and families. It is now working in the county of Pardubice, helping the local authorities to transform all of their large residential institutions for children. In Moldova, the charity is supporting the government and local authorities to implement large-scale de-institutionalisation programmes as well as an initiative aimed at significantly reducing infant mortality.”





34 Responses to J. K. Rowling Light a Birthday Candle Charity Campaign for International Children’s Day

Avatar Imagemew5645 says: Thats sweet of her Avatar ImageAsi says: This is wonderful1 An other thing that I like in Rowling , that she herself follows the guidlines, keeps values, follows the principles she teaches us to follow in her books! That means that 'MAGIC' she talks about in the books will become reallity if we all do our little good for the greater good of the world! Hope to hear more about this! (Never been in the count of 1st posters;-)Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: That's wonderful...keep up JKR:-)Avatar ImageTheRealSlytherinHeir says: This is so wonderful! Another reason why Jo is absolutely amazing!! I love to see that she is putting what she talks about in her books to work. She isn't another celebrity that just talks about doing things, she actually does them! Avatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: Wow, that's so sweet. :) Good on you Jo.Avatar ImageAnnette Potter says: She's so wonderfull, and great.Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: thats awesome!!!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: jo saves the worldAvatar ImageEeyore says: It's so nice to see someone with huge celebrity status actually doing something to help others, especially children. Way to go, Jo!Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: That's so awesome!!! It just goes to show you great authors are caring!!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: She practically saves lives and changes laws! I am willing to assist in anyway possible! Its one thing for our wonerful Jo to start and another for her fans to follow!Avatar Imagebrynnpm98 says: That is great. keep it up JKRAvatar Imageflaviobessajr says: Hey, Leaky!!! Warner Brothers Brazil has sent the Deathly Hallows I synopsis to the brazilian Harry Potter fan sites! It is in portuguese, yet, but you can read it here: http://arquivo.potterish.com/2010/05/w-b-libera-sinopse-oficial-de-reliquias-da-morte-parte-i Sorry because I'm posting it in this area, but I didn't find your e-mail to contact you.Avatar ImageSmitch says: Lumos is a great organization, and JK Rowling is a fantastic role model and humanitarian! Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: What a good idea and deed!Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: I think I'm going to be a part of this :) Jo is amazing. Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: Wow, what another great way that JKR is helping the children of the world! She has such a big heart!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Those kids really need help. Thanks Jo.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: This is fantasic! JK Rowling is such an amazing personAvatar ImageAlice Weasley says: This is awesome! I'm definately gonna try to participate! :)Avatar ImagePurple Lavenders says: J.K. is an amazing person, isn't she? This is an amazing idea, congratulations on whoever had it, and on whoever who supports it =DAvatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That is a wonderful cause. I mean if the fortunate people don't donate to the less fortunate then how will the world survive?Avatar ImageSaskiaM says: Not sure how I feel about that. I admire Jo more than any other celebrity -- have you seen her recent article in the Times?!?! -- but when it comes to money... I'm not sure. I definitely agree with donating to the cause (I'd do it), and I think it's a great cause, but throwing parties solely for fund-raising seems a bit tacky to me. As a teenager I'm low on funds and I wouldn't feel comfortable asking my friends to donate, even to a charity as fantastic as Lumos. Maybe it's different with adults; I don't know. Either way I hope this succeeds and they do end up helping a lot of people from it.Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: Rowling is so kind. She is the best writer of the world.Avatar Imageblessi says: She's Kind :)Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Thats sweet of her!Avatar Imagebeallgood01 says: Marked on the calendar and will be done. I admire the work Jo has done for children.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: EXCELLENT!! Thats really very generous of JK. Good Luck. ill try my best to support.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: What a fantastic and generous idea! I will certainly make arrangements to do this myself.Avatar Imagehewy says: Great idea from a great lady! Avatar Imageexpecto.patronum says: I am so happy with people that use their power to the best of their ability to better the world. I could not possibly express how much I appreciate Jo Rowling for doing this! <3Avatar Imageexpecto.patronum says: I am so happy with people that use their power to the best of their ability to better the world. I could not possibly express how much I appreciate Jo Rowling for doing this! <3Avatar Imageigo2pigfarts says: she is wonderful and full of love. i love you jk rowling! xxAvatar ImageJackMeggers says: she's so amazing

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