The public are profoundly underwhelmed by our fundraising efforts. The sun rose for World Elephant Day, the elephant books, paintings, cards, mobiles, origami and other elephant related paraphernalia all gathered for the great day.
Worldelephantday.org put our event up on their elevents page. We put our event on the venues website. We put posters advertising the event around town, in all the places we thought elephant lovers might congregate. I posted entries on book sites, and elephant sites, and anyone who would let me, explaining all profits for the week would go to worldelephantday.org
Despite all our efforts, I have not sold one book online. I sold one paperback at the venue. All Frans efforts at producing items for sale have had little success. She has to date sold two cards and one garland. Badges seem to have had moderate success, having sold seven.
It is a genuine puzzle to us. People arrive, unaware the event was on. They often announce ‘I love elephants’. I then say, ‘today is World Elephant Day, and all profits are going to elephant charities. I display the charity on screen. I can see why someone would perhaps be reluctant to buy a book by an unknown author, but the cards are great, and they are a great price. But to no avail, people walk in and walk out, reluctant to spend £2 on a hand crafted greetings card with elephants on.
This is another area of life which is new to Fran and I. We will learn. So far this little adventure has cost us quite a lot of money and a lot of time! Still, there is the rest of the week. We are hoping for an elephantine stampede. 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘😀