Random Tuesday: Support Heifer International, Win Signed Books

Today’s Random Tuesday topic is really random.  I don’t usually get on a soap box and talk about charities (with the occasional mention of Random Acts of Kindness), but I’m making an exception today because it’s still book-related.

While doing my usual internet browsing and Twitter reading, I came across a post on Patrick Rothfuss’ blog regarding a special edition ARC of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.  While the name Patrick Rothfuss was slightly familiar to me, I was unaware of his debut novel The Wise Man’s Fear or of the fact that he regularly raises thousands of dollars for Heifer International through his Worldbuilders fundraiser page.

Isn't it gorgeous? (borrowed from patrickrothfuss.com)In 2008 Neil Gaiman provided Rothfuss with a limited edition copy of Stardust to have either as an auction to raise money or a prize for those who donated to Heifer International through his Worldbuilders page.  The first winner in 2009, who received it at random, donated the very exclusive collector’s edition back to the fundraiser stipulating that it would be used as a future auction.  In 2010, the book was auctioned for over $2,500 by a guy who then turned around and re-donated it to the fundraiser under the agreement that it would be used as a random prize again.  Which brings us to the latest round of fundraising, where a gorgeous rare ARC version of Stardust by Neil Gaiman is available as a random prize in the Worldbuilders fundraiser for Heifer International.

While I think it’s very honorable and a sweet story that this book keeps being returned to make more money for charity, I don’t know if I could part with such a Gaiman collector’s item if I were to win it.  Would that make me a bad person?  It sort of feels like it makes me a bad person.

This fun little story of people being better than me led me to the current fundraiser for Heifer International, where each $10 donation enters the donator into a raffle for thousands of book-related prizes, including rare, signed and collector’s editions of books and comics.  The number of potential prizes is so vast that Patrick had to put them up through 17 different blog posts.  This thing is gigantic and it’s all for a great cause.

If you weren’t aware, Heifer International raises money to provide animals to impoverish families to quickly provide them with a way to make money, provide food and basically help them improve their lives.  Patrick highlights what certain denominations provide a family, such as:

This picture might have been the tipping point for me. Adorable!-          A $20 donation provides a family with a flock of ducklings 

-          A $30 donation provides a family with a hive of bees

-          A $120 donation provides a family with a goat

-          A $500 donation provides a family with a Heifer

I don’t have a lot of spare cash these days, but I donated $50 because thinking of a family getting a flock of ducklings sort of makes me all warm and fuzzy, and I’m pretty fond of honey.  Also did you see where I mentioned over a thousand bookish prizes?  That’s pretty cool too and, with the number of prizes, the odds of winning something are pretty good.  But make sure you donate through this Worldbuilders page to be entered into the raffle.

The Worldbuilders team has already raised over $200,000 and the campaign is running until February 7th.  Worldbuilders is also matching 50% of each donation, so your money goes that much further in supporting an impoverish family to build a better life for themselves.  So if you have a bit of spare cash, think about supporting Worldbuilders’ fundraiser and enter into the running for some great bookish prizes.  And if you win Stardust, I won’t judge you for keeping it.  I’ll be jealous, but I won’t judge.


And don’t worry, tomorrow we’ll return to our regular schedule of robots, zombies and spaceships.