Another thing I need to mention: the shipping cost for the prizes was several thousand dollars. Unfortunately, this meant that they had to be shipped C.O.D. (meaning that recipients will pay the shipping cost on arrival). No individual recipient will have to pay a lot; it was the sum total that was a lot.
If you would prefer not to receive your prize, please let me know -- I can still cancel delivery at the post office (because nothing went out over the Canada Day long weekend).
PS: As I said, this is being done differently next year -- lesson learned
Due to some insane miscommunication between me and JDRF, the prizes haven't actually been shipped (I am so sorry! As I said, insane miscommunication -- I thought JDRF had shipped the prizes, but they were waiting on my okay to ship them COD).
In short: miscommunication resolved (thank you to the people who contacted me to ask why they hadn't received their prizes yet). The prizes are going out ASAP (they're already boxed and ready for shipping; they just have to go to the delivery company, which should happen pretty much immediately).
Please accept my personal apologies for this giant mess.
Just for the purposes of full-disclosure, all the prizes will be shipped COD -- i.e., recipients will pay the shipping charges on arrival. The total shipping changes will be several thousand dollars, which neither myself not JDRF can afford. Just to clarify: if anyone refuses to pay, the package comes back to us, and I have agreed with JDRF that I personally will cover the shipping charge of any returned package (I'm out to help the charity, not screw them).
Question, how are you shipping the prizes? The shipping charges for AGDQ were $1472, and I shipped over 100 prizes (likely over 150). I know a good chunk of your shipping is going to be international with the French viewers, but I still don't understand how that equates to several thousand dollars since shipping a perler or drawing internationally is generally in the 7-12 dollar range (for international shipping).
Hmm, it looks like there might have been a fairy godmother looking out for the C4L prizes, so that they weren't shipped COD. We're still changing up things for next year (donors will ship the prizes directly to the winners), but maybe something came together nicely for C4L 2013
To any admin: could I please request a lock on this thread? If anyone has any issues with prizes, etc., please feel free to contact me via PM or via email. I think this thread has come to its natural conclusion.