When I released my debut novel “Unprecedented Times” it was always with the view of selling it to raise money for charity. Although at first, I wasn’t sure what charity to choose. I considered the Red Cross because of the wonderful work they’ve done throughout the pandemic. However, I really wanted to fundraise for a COVID charity. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is the inspiration for my story. It was also important to me that I started COVID fundraising for a charity that wanted to help underserved communities around the globe. Then I found the World Health Organisation (WHO) had started the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. After reading what the money they were raising was being used for, I decided this was perfect.
What is the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund?
The WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was set-up by the WHO in 2020, to help tackle the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. COVID has severely impacted communities and economies all over the world, and is still isn’t over. The WHO are responding to the pandemic, leading and coordinating the global efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the virus. While also providing supplies and equipment to poorer communities and conducting research to understand the virus. All of this takes money, money they do not have.
According to the WHO: “The Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan outlines a funding need of at least US$675 million for critical response efforts in countries most in need of help through April 2020. As this outbreak evolves, funding needs are likely to increase.” Which is why they have started fundraising.
What is the money from this COVID fundraising being used for?
The money from this COVID fundraising is used to:
- Help track and understand the spread of the virus
- Make sure patients get the care they need
- Ensure front-line workers have the equipment and information needed
- Accelerate research and development into treatments and a vaccination
- Produce guidance for the general public and certain groups
COVID fundraising donations also support additional Fund Partners, including:
- The World Food Programme
- The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR)
- The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
- The vaccine development alliance CEPI
How much has this Covid Charity raised so far?
According to the WHO, as of the 11.16.20 the total amount pledged to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund stood at $238,092,129. This includes donations from more than 651,000 individuals, companies and philanthropies
Some of this money has already been allocated:
- $165.5 million: to procure and distribute essential commodities and coordinate the response against the pandemic.
- $20 million: WFP to support the shipment of vital commodities
- $10 million: UNICEF for the support of low-resource communities.
- $10 million: CEPI to catalyse and coordinate a vaccine globally.
- $10 million: UNHCR to protect at-risk internally displaced people and refugees.
- $5 million: UNRWA in support of refugees in Jordan, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon and the West Bank.
While a lot of money has been raised for this COVID charity so far, more is needed.
My COVID-19 Fundraising
25% of all my book sales will be donated to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. This means £2.08 from every book will be donated to this very worthy cause.
You might wonder why I’m not donating 100% if the cause is so worthy. Well, honestly, I don’t expect to see a high number of sales. My target for the charity is £200 and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to raise this much. I’ve spent not only my time, but money on my website creation, advertising and marketing, etc. and I don’t think I’ll actually recover the money I have spent so far. But that’s absolutely fine, if I can raise £200 for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund it will be totally worth it! Of course, if I did see a high number of book sales (and I did recover my losses) I’d love to make further donations, to alternative charities… we shall see.
You can support this COVID charity by downloading my book UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, click here.
Or you can donate through my JustGiving page, click the button below.
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