SirKevbags launches new charity and needs your help

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You will recall that earlier in the year, SirKevbags organised a charity raffle to raise money to buy LEGO for childrens' hospitals across the world. By all accounts, it was a tremendous success raising over £4800 ($7500).

Now to make it easier to do similar things in the future, he's launching an official charity, called Fairy Bricks.

However, to help get it off the ground he needs your help. First, the charity needs a logo and to encourage you to come up with ideas he's running a competition which you can read about in the forum. Also, he needs help in designing and setting up a website. I suspect an off-the-shelf WordPress or similar solution will suffice, which unfortunately I am not skilled in. If you are, get in touch with him via the forum.

I hope you can help get this excellent initiative going.

26 comments on this article

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By in Denmark,

This is off-track, but this fairy (at the news image) was it ever released in a set, or is it only available as a keychain?

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By in United Kingdom,

The fairy image is very nice, but surely the Hairy Fairy should be in the picture too! ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I would definately be willing ti help out with this! 2 of the greatest things in the world:

1. Charity
2. LEGO

You can't go wrong! Great idea keep up the good work.

Adam

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By in United States,

Good people, good Karma. Best wishes to all the fairy helpers.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw Thanks for the article

@Adam Your support is much appreciated. If you have any fundraising ideas don't be shy in getting in touch.

Once we are live all details re objectives etc will be published. Fear not though if the demand remains then a raffle will return in 2014 and form the centrepiece of a year round effort.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kevbags i did my own site, willing to do one for you at cost or free depending on waht you need as i have alot of stuff ready to use that is already paid for. Are you looking for ecommerce or just an information site? was gonna contact through forum but still waiting to be approved :(

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By in United States,

You're in :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw thanks for that was gonna drop an email tomorrow, tonight was supposed to be an early night, turns out it won't be after all, just sent personal message but will put a post in forum now.

Thanks again

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By in United States,

Love this idea!!!

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By in United States,

Huh I can't even remember if I ever got approved for the forum or not since I'm 16

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done Kev, happy to help if we can as we run a publishing business involving advertising, printing etc- if you need any help with any of that sort of stuff, let us know and we will do our best- good luck

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By in United Kingdom,

Have also PMD you Kev about web design.

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By in Australia,

I volunteer at a real, established charity and I loathe micro "charities" like this. Every ego-tripper wants to start their own charity these days and they come up with ever more obscure, ridiculous niches in a vain attempt to justify their existence, reluctant to admit that they're really just duplicating the efforts of existing charities (and usually to a lower standard) whilst wasting donations on a whole new set of administration expenses. A lot of them are actually clubs or lobby groups, not genuine charities. This one is at least a charitable cause, but certainly not the worthiest.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all" springs to mind...
I applaud Kev's efforts and ambition in setting up this charity, and I'm sure that the children in those hospitals which have already benefitted from his fundraising would consider this to be an eminently worthy cause.

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By in United Kingdom,

ref micro charities , micro charities dont take salaries , they do it to help others , with all funds raised going to the cause , big charities pay big salaries with as little as 5% going to those who actually need help , why do you think the united nations stopped funding unicef ?

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By in United Kingdom,

Well I wasn't expecting to have to defend myself or my intentions but there you go.....

Everyone working on this is a volunteer so I would like to think we were not wasting a penny. There were expenses but they were not taken from donations as my wallet can prove.

How right you are that there is cross over in the charity sector. Even huge organisations started somewhere though.

I wouldn't say to anyone which cause is more worthy than another. Thats a personal decision. I believe this will have an impact on thousands of children worldwide and its why I'll continue to drive it forward.

It may be niche in the sense its only to supply LEGO but isn't in who it will benefit. Things will start small but who is to say it will remain that way?

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ Funny that, I'm the opposite. I'm not fond of the big ones, y'know, the ones that pay directors huge salaries, pay for tv adverts, pay fundraisers commision, etc.

I'm opening a shop and was looking for a charity to support (even if it is as simple as a donation box on the counter). looks like I've found the perfect one. Kev, I'll be in touch.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just to add when I threw around the raffle idea I had no intention of anything becoming so formal. However because of the generosity of Brickset and the money involved the decision has almost been taken out of my hands. I'm delighted that it has been. I don't expect everyone to like and support the idea. I can't those that have supported so far enough and I know the hospitals in seven countries agree.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kevbags I will definately have a page on my site about this charity and a way to donate to you, have you thought about maybe a paypal account as i believe if it is for charity you don't get charged for receiving money??

Let me know if you want it i will look into it for you, anythiong at all you need give me a shout and i will see what i can do!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good on you Kev, I wish you the best of luck and will support you and your charity in any way I can (sadly not technically, not my forte).

@Huey1, I donated a prize to the last charity raffle organised by Kev, let's say it was worth £50 and that it generated raffle ticket sales of £50 (that's a conservative guess). I know for a fact that every single penny of that £50 was used to buy LEGO and given as donations to children's hospitals, every single penny. Had I donated £50 to a 'real, established charity' as you call them, I wonder how much of that £50 would have been swallowed up by the administration costs of that charity, 10%, 20%, 50%? Who knows, but it's not going to be 0% is it.

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By in United Kingdom,

So @Huey1, this doubling up you're suggesting the new micro-charity might be doing, can you please refer to the other charity, whether it be a main or micro you believe might be doing the same job as Fairy Bricks. I'm not aware of any other charity providing sick kids with LEGO! Not in the UK anyway.

From what I gather from speaking to the hospital staff I have, most of the toys in hospitals are bought using the accumulation of small donations given by grateful parents etc whose kids have been well look after - I'm one of them!

I believe Fairy Bricks is unique in assisting hospital children's wards with supplying toys but am curious as to where you believe this doubling up is occurring.

Kev, you never said anything about getting paid. If that's the case, I'd like to submit an invoice for my hours to date. You need not worry, my hourly rate for Fairy Bricks is 'nil'.

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By in United Kingdom,

There's possibly some good interesting points in your comment Huey1 but anyone that suggests Kev is an ego-tripper and belittles his immense unpaid efforts to bring some happiness to seriously ill children is just a loser not worth listening to, no-one here cares for your trolling.

And do be sure to give yourself a big pat on the pack for volunteering for a charity who are not only 'real' but obviously have also been rated in a worldwide poll as the most 'worthy' charity ever, since anything less would be a waste of your oh so worthy time. Get off your high horse.

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By in United Kingdom,

@caperberry well said! Don't see why certain idiotic people can't just keep nasty comments to themselves!

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By in United Kingdom,

Micro-charities are great and it doesn't matter if the causes they support are not necessarily the most worthy - that is the whole point of them. They target funding where donors to the charity want. The donors can decide to support specific projects or not.

That is not the case with many larger charities. The decisions are made much further up the tree by the people taking £10,000s in salary. And, in my view, much of the money is wasted in the larger ones. And not just on salaries.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good on you @kevbags. As you mention above, the niche element of this is only on the Lego side, and that's clearly a positive, as it gives AFOLs like us something to identify with and be enthusiastic about. I'd rather see my money buying Lego for kids and hope they get the same enjoyment from it that I do.

On the volunteering side, I'm happy to assist in any way I can, and just like @flump, my hourly rate is 'nil'!

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By in United States,

Yes Kevin! Good job...this is going to be big! Please count us as supporters and we are at your service in Southern California.

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