Penguin Books have invited teenage readers across the U.K. and Ireland to participate in a charity event inspired by John Green’s best-selling YA novel The Fault in Our Stars.
The Fault in Our Stars follows teenage cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster, who meets and falls for Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor with a unique outlook on life. Penguin Books have partnered with Teenage Cancer Trust, the U.K.’s only charity dedicated to improving the lives and survival rates of cancer patients aged between 13 and 24, in the hopes of spreading awareness and raising £25,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust in just one night.
‘Night of Infinities’, a nationwide sponsored sleepover, will take place on Friday, June 26th. Fans of The Fault in Our Stars from the U.K. and Ireland will be able to participate on the day by organising their own The Fault in Our Stars-themed sleepover parties, and either following the live timetable of fundraising events online or planning their own sponsored activities in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.
John Green himself has organised several fan-based charitable projects in the past, including Project for Awesome, an annual charity event hosted on YouTube. Green has voiced his full support of the Night of Infinities project.
“I worked as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital about 15 years ago for five months. During that time I started wanting to write about the young people I had met there… It just took a long while for that book to become The Fault in Our Stars. From that experience, I understand the importance of charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and the work they do in bringing young people together and helping them get the best possible care in the best possible environment. I would be delighted if fans of my book were able to translate that into tangible support for the charity,” said Green in a press release.
So far, almost 1,000 people across the U.K. and Ireland have signed up to be part of the event. Penguin Books have released an event pack for fans planning to participate, including sponsorship sheets and fundraising ideas such as a bake sale, a sponsored All-Day Onesie Wear, and a The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack karaoke competition.
Every person who donates to Teenage Cancer Trust via the Night of Infinities JustGiving page from June 26th onwards will receive an exclusive video message from John Green himself. Penguin Books will also be awarding prizes throughout the day on June 26th to fans who upload photos of their Night of Infinities activities to social media using the hashtag #NightofInfinites.
For more information on the project and how to get involved, visit the Night of Infinities website.