Matchit For Pratchett!
I’m only sorry that it’s taken someone of Terry Pratchett‘s profile for me to get off my butt and donate to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, but I’m now trying to make up for lost time by persuading you to join me!
A few years ago, I had the very real privilege of accompanying a group of pupils to a reading given by Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld books. He was a real gentleman. Modest, self-effacing, and freely gave of his time to anyone that wanted to speak to him. He also signed absolutely everything put in front of him with a unique message… In short, he ensured a memorable and highly entertaining afternoon for everyone lucky enough to be there.
For what it’s worth, I have long maintained that he is the only novel writing satirist worth a damn in Britain at the moment, and if you’re really unlucky, I’ll even bore you to tears with my theory that he is the natural successor to Swift… but none of these things are really very important at the moment.
The news has been filled with reports about Pratchett’s £500,000 donation to Alzheimer’s research. It is a reaction to the limited funding that the charity receives compared to other more high profile causes, but thanks to Boing Boing, I found out about the ‘Match It For Pratchett’ campaign started by Ceci N’est Pas Une Blog. Quite simply, this is a call for 500,000 Pratchett fans to donate a pound each and hopefully double the size of the donation. What are you waiting for? CLICK THIS LINK, make a donation, and say it’s in honour of Terry Pratchett so that they can keep a track of the donations… Or if you’re really loaded and want to help, go to eBay and bid on the ‘Luggage’…