As the horrifying events in Japan become ever more incomprehensible, it's easy to feel that we are powerless to do anything. The Red Cross, however, is in desperate need of funds to support its mobile emergency teams providing medical care and temporary shelter for the thousands of people affected by the disaster.
Author Keris Stainton has set up a novel way of raising funds – and everyone can take part. The Authors For Japan initiative is offering more than 150 book-related auctions where you can bid on some fantastic items, including signed books, chapter critiques, mentoring opportunities and even the chance to have a character named after you! Our very own Caroline Green and Caroline Rance both have books on offer, and you'll find plenty more from Strictly Writing's friends and guest bloggers! All you have to do is visit the site, find an item you like the look of and leave a comment on it with the amount of your bid. The auctions are open until 8pm on Sunday 20 March.
Go on, get bidding!