If you’re an eccentric, philanthropic tycoon who is really into grisly fantasy and just wants what’s best for wolves, then 1) congratulations, because you sound like you’re terrific 2) your ship has come in. Game of Thrones overlord George R. R. Martin is spearheading a campaign on Kickstarter-style celebrity charity prize draw site Prizeo on behalf of New Mexico’s Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe.
As is usual with these kinds of things, there are varying levels of reward corresponding to the size of your donation, but everyone who contributes is entered into a draw to win a trip to meet Martin in Santa Fe (transport for the winner and a friend is provided, regardless of where in the world they stay). Once there, the winners and Martin will, in the author’s words, ‘share a helicopter ride to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary’, where, ‘[i]n addition to touring the Sanctuary together, we’ll also have plenty of time to discuss the show, A Song of Ice and Fire, direwolves – and if there’s anything you have ever wanted to ask me, here’s your chance!’ Exclamation mark!
The number of entries you have in the prize draw also corresponds with the size of your donation – donate a tenner, you get two entries into the draw, donate £25 you get five entries and a thank-you e-card featuring a picture of Martin, donate £50 you get ten entries and a t-shirt, and so on. Where it really starts to get interesting is at the eccentric, philanthropic tycoon-level donations. £7,500 gets you 1,500 prize draw entries and a hat belonging to Martin (‘well worn!’). £15,000 will find you having breakfast with Martin in either San Diego, London or New York City, where you can talk about your 3,000 prize draw entries or how you’re looking forward to talking to him again when you definitely win the prize draw and go see the wolves.
The top tier £20,000 donation, however, gets you 4,000 prize draw entries and a promise that Martin will both write you into an upcoming novel – as a member of the social strata of your choosing – and kill you off in a suitably grim fashion. But then, given the rate at which Martin burns off characters, that might happen eventually anyway, so it’s really up to you whether or not you feel lucky.
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