JK Rowling donates S$1.77 million to aid homeless and domestic abuse victims
The money will be split down the middle to help two UK charities.
JK Rowling donates £1 million (S$1.77 million) to charities supporting the vulnerable during the lockdown on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.
The money will benefit two charities – Crisis, which helps homeless people, and Refuge, which supports victims of domestic abuse.
The Harry Potter author wrote on Twitter on May 2: “Today's the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, but I am going to be honest and say that it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths. Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world".
“So on this anniversary of a great wizarding victory, I'm thinking of the people who're out there doing their jobs to protect us and our way of life. I have 3 key workers in my immediate family, and like all such relatives, I'm torn between pride and anxiety.”
She addressed the real-life situations that many face such as poverty and domestic abuse. “As ever in a crisis of this sort, the poorest and most vulnerable are hit hardest, so in honour of the Battle of Hogwarts, I'll be making a donation of £1m, half of which will go to https://crisis.org.uk, who're helping the homeless during the pandemic.”
Rowling ended her four-part tweet with: “and half of which will go to https://refuge.org.uk, because we know that domestic abuse has, sadly, increased hugely during the lockdown”.