The convention is definitely going ahead, and some funding is in place, but we find ourselves in unexpectedly urgent need of funds so that we can pay the convention hotel in advance and ensure the smooth running of Octocon 2018.
In its 26 year history, Octocon has faced many challenges, and this year has been no exception. We unexpectedly had to change our location earlier this year, and due to the rising costs of hotel space in Dublin, we’ve ended up with an unforeseen liquidity issue because the hotel requires full payment ahead of the convention.
(In previous years, we've been able to pay hotel costs on or after the convention weekend, but this year we need to pay them in advance.)
Therefore, despite the chair's offer to shoulder the burden personally, the committee has unanimously decided on the unusual step of creating this GoFundMe campaign to ask you, as fans and supporters of Octocon, to help us ensure the smooth running of the convention.
We will use your donations to pay the hotel and suppliers up front, and increase the convention’s financial security.
All funds above our goal and taken during the convention will be invested in future Octocon events, such as the one-day event planned for 2019 and the next full weekend Octocon in 2020.
Any amount you can spare us is gratefully received.
- Richard Stephenson
- Julian West
- Nathalie Boisard-Beudin
- Katherine O'Meara Reynolds
- Jessica Herbert
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