Lumos works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children by facilitating the end of institutional care for good. It does this in two ways: - at a policy level to accelerate and improve the quality of reform in health, education and social protection services - at a practical level working with providers of children’s services to demonstrate the value of family-based care There are currently 1 million children living in large residential institutions across Europe. Most are not orphans but from ethnic minorities, poor backgrounds or are disabled. Published research proves that institutionalisation damages children’s health and development, and reduces their life chances. With experts in child protection, public health and social inclusion, and whose advice is sought by other concerned organisations, Lumos is able to effect real and lasting change.
31 July 2013
Bringing JK Rowling fans together to make a difference
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Light Up Jo's Birthday with Lumos
What is Light Up Jo's Birthday?
JK Rowling's 48th birthday is on the 31st July 2013. Every year, fans come together to create projects for Jo's birthday- books, websites and videos filled with messages of love for the woman who changed the lives of millions around the world. But actions speak louder than words, so what better way to express our love for Jo than by helping a cause close to her heart?
Last year, in Light Up Jo's Birthday's first year, we raised over £1,000 for Lumos. Jo said it was one of the best birthday presents she had ever received. So what are we going to do this year?
We're going to do it bigger and better!
Who are Lumos?
Lumos is a charity founded by JK Rowling which aims to end the institutionalisation of children around the world. To find out more, hover over Lumos's logo to the left. Last year the money raised by Light Up Jo's Birthday went towards making a school accessible, so that disabled children can attend mainstream school and stay with their families, instead of having to go into an institution.
If everyone who reads this donated just £1, which is less than the cost of sending Jo a birthday card, we could make a real difference to so many children's lives again.
The prize draw!
If giving Jo a great birthday present isn't enough to make you want to donate, maybe our amazing prize draw will be. All donations will be entered to win one of the following:
- A signed photo of Matt Lewis
- A signed photo of Dame Maggie Smith
- A signed photo of Warwick Davis as Griphook, kindly donated by The Signature Shop
- A signed copy of Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
- A tweet from Evanna Lynch
- A tweet from Rohan Gotobed (young Sirius Black)
Anyone who donates £5 or more will also be entered to win one of the GRAND PRIZES, which are:
- A signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
- A one-of-a-kind set of photographs of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, taken by Harry Potter scriptwriter Steve Kloves at the Deathly Hallows Part II premiere
If you would like to be entered into the prize draw please have a read of the FAQs/Ts&Cs before donating as they contain important info. If you have a question that hasn't been answered, ask away here!
Light Up Jo's Birthday would like to thank Steve Kloves, Matt Lewis, Dame Maggie Smith, The Signature Shop & Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch and Melissa Anelli for their support and help with this project. We would also like to thank Alvaro for creating our icons and header. Most of all, we thank Jo for being our inspiration.