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

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
May 13, 2010, 01:35 PM

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."

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Thats sweet of her

Posted by Mew5645 on May 13, 2010, 01:57 PM report to moderator
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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;-)

Posted by ~ Asi ~ on May 13, 2010, 02:07 PM report to moderator
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1486 Points

That’s wonderful…keep up JKR:-)

Posted by rohit_ASP«Я☼AR» on May 13, 2010, 02:27 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by Slytherins do it better on May 13, 2010, 03:13 PM report to moderator
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Wow, that’s so sweet. :) Good on you Jo.

Posted by FilmGirl27 *Team Weasley!* (ROAR!!) on May 13, 2010, 03:19 PM report to moderator
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She’s so wonderfull, and great.

Posted by Annette Potter on May 13, 2010, 03:44 PM report to moderator
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thats awesome!!!!!

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on May 13, 2010, 03:47 PM report to moderator
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jo saves the world

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on May 13, 2010, 03:50 PM report to moderator
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It’s so nice to see someone with huge celebrity status actually doing something to help others, especially children. Way to go, Jo!

Posted by Eeyore on May 13, 2010, 04:38 PM report to moderator
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That’s so awesome!!! It just goes to show you great authors are caring!!!

Posted by AbbyWeasley on May 13, 2010, 04:55 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on May 13, 2010, 04:58 PM report to moderator
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That is great. keep it up JKR

Posted by brynnpm98 on May 13, 2010, 05:16 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by flaviobessajr on May 13, 2010, 05:18 PM report to moderator
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Lumos is a great organization, and JK Rowling is a fantastic role model and humanitarian!

Posted by Smitch on May 13, 2010, 05:20 PM report to moderator
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What a good idea and deed!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on May 13, 2010, 05:21 PM report to moderator
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