Our Covid Solidarity Auction, the Results and a Big Thank You!


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Part of our auction promise was that we would be happy to allocate the funds to any Covid related charity winners wanted. Of the 38 winners we had two winners that wanted to do this. For the winner of the Sinn Dark Star prototype we donated his £4,130 to go to the YMCA and Social Kitchen’s Feeding Children during Covid-19 in Singapore. The winner of lot 32 wanted his £358 to go to the Gates Foundation’s Covid-19 Research Project. That left a remaining £215,131.34 that we had to donate. We divided into 5 donation tranches of £43,026.26. So, this is how we’ve broken down the allocation of funds. We wanted to target five countries around the world.

(Please note that the following statistics are accurate at the time of my writing this on July 23, 2020)

The first is India, where you can see that the Covid-19 pandemic is still very much at its peak with 1.24 million cases and 29, 861 deaths. South Sudan in Africa was selected because while the Covid-19 pandemic is on the rise, the country’s already fragile health care system is under real threat of collapse. There is much that can be done is we act now according to this article. https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066952

For both India and South Sudan we have chosen to work with Save the Children.

Next is Mexico, where Revolution is proud to have one of our editions. Mexico has been hard hit with 356,255 cases and 40,400 deaths. Together with our editor for Mexico and Latin America, Israel Ortega we have selected the Mexican Red Cross as a beneficiary.

Italy was one of the countries that was truly devastated early on by Covid-19 with 245,032 cases and 35,082 deaths. Yet we were deeply touched by this wonderful country’s spirit of resilience and humanity during the darkest hours of the crisis. Forza Italia, we love you. Because we have an Italian edition and because the majority of brand partners for The Rake are Italian, we wanted to show our care and affection for this amazing country. For Italy we have also selected the Red Cross as the beneficiary of our auction.

Finally, we wanted to do something for the UK which was one of the worst affected and has the one of highest rates of mortality in the world with 296,381 cases and 45,501 deaths with both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles contracting the disease. And yet the United Kingdom was one of the most inspiring nations in the way it rallied together to fight the pandemic.

When the National Health Service asked the British Public for 250 thousand volunteers in April, one million people signed up to help. On April 6, 2020 the 99 year old Captain Tom Moore started to walk laps around his garden with the aim to raise £1,000 for the NHS. By the end of the 24 days leading up to his 100th birthday, he had raised £32.9 million and on July 17th was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.


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