Lumos launches a Christmas campaign for Haiti, with Fantastic Beasts-themed prizes

The Pottermore News Team

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As the end of the year approaches, J.K. Rowling’s international charity, Lumos, is offering one lucky supporter the chance to win signed Fantastic Beast prizes.

The children’s charity Lumos is offering the chance to win a ‘collector’s trove’ of Wizarding World goodies in their end-of-year campaign – all themed around Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

One person will win a copy of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay signed by J.K. Rowling, a ‘Be the Light’ T-shirt signed by Eddie Redmayne, a print from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition signed by artist Olivia Lomenech Gill and a replica Newt Scamander Collectible Wand.

Every $10 donation will give fans one entry to win this exclusive prize, with proceeds supporting Lumos’s work with children in Haiti.

Since 2015, Lumos has been working in Haiti, where an estimated 30,000 children live in harmful orphanages. Lumos supports the closure of orphanages, protects children from trafficking, harm and abuse, and safely reunites children with families. This help is much-needed. Shockingly, most of the children in these orphanages are not orphans at all: 80 per cent have a parent who loves them and wants to care for them, but has given up their child in the mistaken belief that this will secure their child a better future.

In the orphanages, the children do not receive the care they need to thrive. Many are exposed to trafficking, crime and suffer from malnutrition. But with your help, they can be rescued and returned to families who can safely provide the support, love and attention they need.

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J.K. Rowling, who is the Founder and President of Lumos, has talked about this issue before. ‘The names “orphanage” and “care home” often conjure up benign images,’ she has said. ‘People donate money willingly and generously, believing that the children living in such institutions have been rescued from a life barely worth living. This, I have learned after ten years of reading research papers and talking to experts in the field, is an idea predicated on lack of knowledge about the reality of what institutionalisation does to a child, and about the real reasons that children find themselves in care homes...

‘Lumos has a single, simple goal: to end the institutionalisation of children worldwide by 2050. This is ambitious, but achievable. It is also essential. Eight million voiceless children are currently suffering globally under a system that, according to all credible research, is indefensible. We owe them far, far better. We owe them families.’

Last year, Lumos Ambassadors Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch travelled to Haiti with Lumos to visit some of the orphanages and see the results of the work carried out.

‘As soon as we came in the door [of the orphanage] it was just open arms everywhere, all of these tiny little children wanting to hug you,’ Evanna said of the experience. ‘And that was beautiful and it was lovely to hold a little child. But then the sad part of it is that’s how starving for affection they are, that a stranger would walk in and they want to give you all their heart.’

Every $10 donation via CrowdRise counts as one entry to the competition to win a prize package that includes a signed copy of the Fantastic Beasts screenplay by J.K. Rowling, a Lumos t-shirt signed by Eddie Redmayne, a replica of Newt Scamander’s wand and a signed Fantastic Beasts print by Olivia Lomenech Gill.

Your generosity this Christmas will help Lumos to transform the lives of many children and their families in Haiti.

For more details, visit the CrowdRise site.