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Welcome and a reminder

Welcome to anyone who's wandered in from friends' posts or LJ spotlight.
Have a look around' we've already received some delicious offers.

Don't bid yet!

Timeline reminder:
* Offers are coming in now
* 14 March offers close and bidding begins
* 22 March bidding closes
* 11 April works due (negotiable)

Read the sticky post at the top for all the juicy information.
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PS New Zealand & QLD

The University of Canterbury starts a progressive re-start on March 14th. Over three weeks, students will stop volunteering and go back to classes.

It was announced today that 10,000 homes in the affected area will have to be demolished.

* * * * * * * *

And the area near Townsville in Northern Queensland is under a flood watch.
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An up-date of sorts on NZ

I was looking at information about the University of Canterbury and came across their Quake Recovery Facebook page. That and an article on smh.com.au gave some interesting facts:

  • The death toll is up to 166.
  • They had a 4.8 aftershock on Friday and a 4.1 one today.
  • Schools are closed and some may stay that way all year (our academic year just started).
  • UC students are being allowed to enrol in Australian unis so that they can complete their courses.
  • 65,000 people have fled the city so far. Tens of thousands of residents have no basic service (water, electricity, gas).
  • It's estimated that it will take 5 years to rebuild the city, with some neighbourhoods facing complete demolition.
  • Apparently the UC students & staff all head here when there's an aftershock.


ETA: Did you all know there was a QLD flood alert for the Tablelands area up by Townsville (up where Yasi hit)? Sheesh.
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Offers of non-written works: round 2

If you would like to offer works such as icons, banners, mood themes, original art, "mixed tapes", podfics or the like, please use the template below.

Subject line: Offer: item (fandom/specifics)
User name:
Email address:
YM/AIM/Gtalk/ICQ (optional):
I am offering:
Fandoms (if appropriate):
Examples of my work are at:
Additional Information (optional):

Offers will be accepted until March 14th at 11pm AEDT (12am GMT, 7am US EST) Delivery date of the finished work is April 11, but if you want/need a later delivery date, please indicate that in the "Additional Information" section.


Bidding Rules -- bidding starts on March 14 at 11:01pm AEDT
  • Bid by commenting to the Offering post. (Bid in the subject line then post your bid in the comment)

  • Bids start at AUD$5 and must be raised by at least AUD$1 per bid

  • Bidding will end on March 22nd at 11pm AEDT.

  • Please do not delete comment containing a bid. If you have an problem, please comment to your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod (listed on the "About us" page).


If you've any questions about the process, please ask in this round's basics' information post. Leave this post only for offers and bids for art/visual works.

Ta, y'all!
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Offer of written works: round 2

If you would like to offer fanfic, original fic, poetry or printed fanfic, beta reading services, a meta piece or the like, please comment using the template below. If you're offering a piece of fiction, feel free to provide a maximum and/or minimum word count.

Subject line: Offer: item (fandom/specifics)
User name:
Email address:
YM/AIM/Gtalk/ICQ (optional):
I am offering:
Fandoms (if appropriate):
Examples of my work are at:
Additional Information (optional):

Offers will be accepted until March 14th at 11pm AEDT (12am GMT, 7am US EST) Delivery date of the finished work is April 11, but if you want/need a later delivery date, please indicate that in the "Additional Information" section.


Bidding Rules -- bidding starts on March 14 at 11:01pm AEDT
  • Bid by commenting to the Offering post. (Bid in the subject line, then post your bid in the comment)

  • Bids start at AUD$5 and must be raised by at least AUD$1 per bid

  • Bidding will end on March 22nd at 11pm AEDT.

  • Please do not delete comment containing a bid. If you have an problem, please comment to your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod (listed on the "About us" page).


If you've any questions about the process, please ask in this round's basics' information post. Leave this post only for offers and bids for written works.

Thanks and good onya!
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Links and charities

Note that some of these sites have bank details so that you can go into a local bank and securely transfer money to the organisation.

Currency converters
convertit.com
the money converter (set to NZ dollars but you can change it to AUD)


Both countries (you may have to specify):

  • V-Gifts are available for both New Zealand and Australia
  • Salvation Army will change the currency to match your residence. All Salvos sites lead to this form. You must give a specific use (Queensland, Victoria, New Zealand) or they will use it where they feel the need is greatest.


New Zealand:
  • New Zealand Government's appeal. Note that there are instructions on this page for Internet transfers and Int'l telegraphic transfers.
  • Lifeline in New Zealand. As with Australia, Lifeline is concerned with psychological counseling. There are instructions for cheque and phone donations (remember the international code for NZ is 64, and take out the "0")
  • NZ Red Cross. (The International Red Cross does not have selections for either AU or NZ, as they concentrate on third world countries, that's why you have to go to the specific country sites.)
  • New Zealand RSPCA
  • Wilding Foundation of New Zealand takes PayPal. Go to "Single Donation" and click on the "Donate" button.
  • You can donate money to buy bricks at GrabOne. This is run in conjunction with the Anglican Church.

Australia:
  • The Premier's Disaster Relief Fund. For International donations you must donate through a bank. Instructions are here.
  • The Australian Red Cross now has a separate Victorian appeal.
    • If you would like to donate to the Queensland clean-up, then pull down "Disaster relief and recovery — Australia".
    • If you are donating from outside Australia, select first "outside Australia", then your country.

  • Lifeline is no problem. Just make sure you choose "other" for your state if you're not living in Australia.
  • The RSPCA has a Queensland Appeal. They also have a toll free number (US and Canada) if you run into problems with the site.
  • IFAW has a separate Queensland appeal.
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Auction rules, guides and timelines, round 2

We will -- natural disasters, temperamental Internet connections, and overly demanding jobs permitting -- upload two different posts: written works (fanfiction, original fiction, poetry, beta, meta (why not?)); and non-written (artwork, podcasts, vids, etc.).

Offer by commenting on the appropriate post, using the forms which will be provided. In your subject line include Offer: item (fandom/specifics). Explain more precisely what you'd like to offer inside the form, word count if appropriate, fandom, pairing, etc. Everyone will be given until April 11 to deliver, so plan your offer with that in mind. If you need more time -- for example, if you've an essay due on the 20th worth 60% of your grade in Philosophy -- put a note in there that you will deliver on a later date, but try to be specific. You'll have until next week (March 14 by our reckoning) to offer something.

Bids are made, beginning March 14 by commenting (Bid) on the offer. There is a minimum bid of $AUD5 (see note below) and bids can go up by as little as $1. Don't delete your bid, or a comment containing bids, contact one of the mods instead.

Bidding ends on 22 March (only because the 20th is Purim).

Winners will be notified by one of the mods. At that time the winner can donate to one of the charities listed on the right (also here), or if there is another charity that we've missed then discuss the option with the person whose offer you've won and once agreed upon, donate to your heart's content.

Provide confirmation of the donation (if you need, we can explain how to do that), so that the creating can begin.

Creations are then posted by the recipient, who will post us a link (hopefully). Which will be followed by ubiquitous oohs and ahhs and thank-yous.

TIMELINE REITERATION:
  • 6 March Offer posts appear by magic
  • 14 March offers close and bidding begins
  • 22 March bidding closes
  • 11 April works due

*Currency -- not to be snotty, but the bidding is in Australian dollars for two reasons: 1) Australian charities are going to take $AUD and 2) although it's fluctuating, the AUD is these days at parity with the USD and stronger than the rest of 'em. If you want to know how much more out of pocket you'll be, there will be two links in the charities' post.

Next up: Charities' up-date ...
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Second round coming to a browser near you

As we announced, fandom_flood_ap is running a second round of offers and bids. This time we want to extend our assistance to friends and loved ones in New Zealand.

Christchurch, as you all know, suffered through a third, and fatal, earthquake on February 22nd. So far the death toll of that earthquake stands at 160, but not all the victims have been identified. The centre of the city has been obliterated, numerous buildings are uninhabitable, and the Christchurch everyone knew is no longer. It will take decades, it's estimated to rebuild the city.

The latest updates can be read at any time at the NZ Herald site, here.

In case you were wondering how Australian weather victims have fared lately, here's a run down:

QLD
Despite a few weeks of dry weather, QLD is once again having torrential rains. Not quite the amounts of January, but Brisbane saw its heaviest rainfall since the January flood this week. (71mm sounds pathetic when you look at the rainfalls from January but...)

Some areas affected by Cyclone Yasi had their power restored only a week ago (almost a month afterwards). Troops have been sent in to help speed up the clean up. Why? Because there's a storm brewing in the Pacific.

Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley (sites of that horrific "inland tsunami") are trying to rebuild what remains. The shock has left and depression over their losses, the reluctance of insurance companies to pay out and the slowness of government help has settled in its stead.

VIC
Floodwaters are finally beginning to recede in northwest Victoria (yes, finally — can you imagine six weeks of flood water in your town?). This is thanks to pumps in the towns (Kerang and Swan Hill mostly). Residents are arguing with the government for more assistance.

Charlton, where charis_kalos has spent time counselling residents, is still struggling to come to terms with the historic event. Depression there, too, is sinking in.

Victoria is bracing for more heavy rains this week. (Oh, and it's turned chilly too — to paraphrase charis_kalos duvet worthy chilly.)

Very shortly, we will make a number of posts:
  1. Auction rule reminders — Because yasminke can't be the only one who forgets things. This will include the "timelines" for offers and bids.
  2. Charity links — We're trying to include options for donors not in Australia and New Zealand as well as the option for LJ V-gifts.
  3. Offers for written works
  4. Offers for non-written works (artwork, vids, podcasts)


Get your thinking caps on fellow ffa-ers.
(PS -- I, yasminke, swear two things: I will get back to those people whose offers I won. And I will try not to make a spreadsheet.)
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New Zealand's earthquake and FFA

By now you've all seen the news about Christchurch's earthquake — the most devastating one in 80 years.

Watch this space, because shortly we'll announce how members of fandom_flood_ap will be able to help the victims of this event in addition to the (continuing) natural disasters in Australia.

In the meantime, our hearts go out to those who've lost loved ones.
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Spotlight poll

Fellow FFAers, thanks to a nomination, we'll be in LJ Spotlight for the week March 7th. That means the possibility of increased traffic, so I bring to you ... another poll.

Poll #1707712 Second round?

Should we run a second round?

Yes!
9(100.0%)
No!
0(0.0%)
Second round of what?
0(0.0%)
I'm just here because I've a radio-button fetish.
0(0.0%)

Should we keep the same charities?

Yes
8(88.9%)
No
0(0.0%)
Take away ______ (put in comments)
0(0.0%)
Add _________ (put in comments)
1(11.1%)

Any suggestions as to how this round should be different?

I'd like to say this about that...



Many thanks, FFAers...
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