No 2019 Race

The Down Under Fan Fund, currently administered by Paul Weimer and Marlee Jane Ward, announce that there will be No 2019 delegate

2019 is an awkward year for a Down Under Fan Fund race from the US to Australasia given that 2020 is slated to be Worldcon in New Zealand, and a 2020 race from Australasia to North America is not likely to have the time and energy given that Worldcon. As a result, there will be no race in 2019. However, there will be a race for 2020, with the expectation that the 2020 DUFF delegate will travel from North America to attend Worldcon in Wellington, New Zealand, and other fannish events and meetings as possible in the spirit and mission of the Down Under Fan Fund.

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2018 DUFF Voting Statistics

A total of 35 valid votes were cast for the 2018 Down Under Fan Fund race. Voting statistics follow. The winner, Marlee Jane Ward, won on the first round.

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Nominations open for 2018 DUFF Race

Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel either to San Jose, California, USA for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018.

DUFF, founded in 1972 and supported by donations from SF fans all over the world, sends a delegate from Australia/New Zealand to North America, and vice versa, in alternating years.

The successful nominee, after voting has taken place will then become the DUFF delegate.

Delegates are chosen as active members of the SF community whom fans on the other side of the Pacific would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the administrator until replaced by the next delegate. There is an expectation (not always fulfilled!) that delegates will write a trip report during or after their trip. Delegates’ trip reports are sold to support the Fund.

The current administrators of the fund are Paul Weimer in North America and Clare McDonald-Sims in Australia.

Five nominators (3 Australian/New Zealand nominators and 2 North American nominators) are required for each nominee. A written platform of about 100 words should be submitted by the nominee providing some information about themselves in a fannish context. Nominees are also asked to provide a bond of at least 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.

DUFF voting is done by secret ballot, and is determined using the instant runoff method.

Nominations will close on 31 January 2018 at midnight, Western Australian time (UTC +8.00).

Further details about DUFF can be found at: https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/

Any enquiries about nomination or other DUFF matters can be addressed to:

For Australia/New Zealand: clare1701@warpmail.net

For North America: jvstin@gmail.com

Send your nominations to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net.