March for Free Expression

The next phase

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Donations

While some of the organisations that have supported this campaign have been good enough to offer some financial assistance, we are asking everyone to consider helping with the costs of this rally. We need £5M public liability insurance, at a cost of just over £1,000, PA and radio hire, reflective jackets for stewards, materials for making banners and signs and so on. The total budget is going to be in the order of £2,500.

If there is a shortfall in donations, the organisers will probably have to meet this from their own pockets. If there is a surplus, we will look at whether or not we can afford any newspaper advertising as the 25th draws near. If after all disbursements there is still a surplus, we will roll this over into a website that lists all MPs and candidates and sets out their position on the question of freedom of expression, so that their constituents can factor this into their voting decisions.

Please note, we are not a registered charity, so donations are not subject to tax relief.

We are also trying to find a firm of accountants willing to scrutinise the financial transactions to guarantee that there is proper financial transparency and accountability. We have asked one firm to look at doing this on a pro bono basis but if anyone visiting this site knows of a firm that might be prepared to do this we would be grateful if you would approach them and point them towards this site.

A financial statement will be posted next week, with a running total of donations set against the budget, and this will be updated regularly. A final financial statement will be posted after the 25th March 2006.





7 Comments:

Blogger Juan Golblado said...

Thanks for giving us a way to donate money. I had been wondering about that. Now I've donated.

9:59 pm  
Blogger Andrew B. said...

I can't donate at this time, but I did highlight this event on my LEGO blog. :-)

10:15 pm  
Blogger Voltaire said...

Thanks very much for donating.

And thanks for the highlight.

All help is very much appreciated.

10:25 pm  
Blogger John H. said...

I have published a short article on your project on my site www.towardsafreeworld.com and made a small donation, hopefully I may even be able to get to London to join in at the rally.

Good luck!

10:45 pm  
Anonymous publicansdecoy said...

Hi. Donation sent, and I'll continue to publicise the march on my journal.

Have any jugglers actually signed up for the event, by the way?

-x-

10:13 am  
Blogger Voltaire said...

publicansdecoy, thanks very much for all your help. No jugglers have contacted us to say they will be there on the 25th. If you know any, tip them off.

10:17 am  
Anonymous LittleAtoms said...

I've added a little something.

Neil

1:20 pm  

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