J.K. Rowling today helped launch #HelpingNotHelping – a new campaign led by her children’s charity, Lumos, to challenge attitudes towards orphanage tourism and volunteering.

Speaking in London at One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, J.K. Rowling, as Founder and President of Lumos, delivered a powerful call to action to end orphanage tourism and volunteering, which can drive family separation and child trafficking – highlighting that orphanages are a harmful and outdated system of ‘care’ for children:

“Despite the best of intentions, the sad truth is that visiting and volunteering in orphanages drives an industry that separates children from their families and puts them at risk of neglect and abuse. We want this campaign to highlight the extent of the harm that orphanages cause and to put an end to orphanage tourism and volunteering for good.

My message to young people today is yes volunteer – but plan carefully and thoughtfully. Your time and energy are precious: use them wisely and they will help change the world.  Do not volunteer in orphanages. Instead, look at what drives children into institutions and dedicate your time to projects that tackle poverty or support communities with vital services.”

J.K. Rowling was joined on stage by Alex Christopoulos (Dep CEO Lumos), Ade Adepitan as well as two One Young World Ambassadors and self-advocates Ruth Wackuka Waithera from Kenya and Eluxon Tassy, from Haiti. As care leavers, Ruth and Eluxon shared their experiences of growing up in orphanages and called for change in the way vulnerable children are cared for around the world.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has been brought to life by award-winning illustrator Jim Kay. This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series to be illustrated by him and has been published today by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US.

The fiery cover shows Kay’s stunning reimagining of the first task in the Triwizard Tournament when Harry goes head to head with a Hungarian Horntail.

Today J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity Lumos has launched a new sweepstake which will give Harry Potter fans a chance to experience the Wizarding World like never before and at the same time help support Lumos.   

One winner and three friends will embark on the Harry Potter Trip of a Lifetime, travelling to four cities around the world for the most exclusive and magical Harry Potter experiences including tickets to the opening night of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco, visits to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. The winners will also have the chance to meet Harry Potter film stars Bonnie Wright in Los Angeles and Warwick Davis in London.

Bonnie Wright, a Lumos ambassador, said: “This really will be a once in a lifetime trip for one lucky Harry Potter fan, and the best part is that all donations will support Lumos do their fantastic work to help children around the world to find a family. I can’t wait to meet the lucky winner when they come to LA – so get entering today, and it could be you.”

The sweepstake runs from 3 October – 12 November 2019 and is open to UK and US residents only. Find out how to enter: http://bit.ly/2p2mJ4F