by Michael dEstries
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rowlingJK Rowling, author of the famous and incredibly lucrative Harry Potter series, has left a UK charity supporting multiple sclerosis because the organization has internally combusted over personal differences. Rowling, who has been a huge supporter of the charity MS Society Scotland, apparently had enough of the bickering and has dropped her support. This, after she even initiated a mediation session to help smooth things out between the group members and donated millions over the years. From the article,

“I have now reluctantly decided that I cannot, in good conscience, continue to be the public face of a charity that is changing beyond recognition from the one with which I have been so proud to be associated,” she said. Rowling said she had taken the decision to stand down “with profound sadness and regret” but added that her financial backing for a research project into the disease at Edinburgh University would continue. She said in a statement: “This disease claimed my mother’s life at the age of 45, and I hope to continue giving both time and money to a cause which remains so close to my heart.”

How unfortunate when you have the backing of the richest woman in the UK and you crumble from within. We’re happy to see her support for MS research continue, but it’s shame that she will no longer be a part of the organization. As we’ve seen from previous posts, Rowling is incredibly generous in using her talents to benefit charitable organizations. Let’s hope this one gets their act together.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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