Our friends and colleagues at the Canberra Science Fiction Guild are making up a team to create an entry for the annual Write-a-Book-in-a-Day competition. This is a great fundraiser for children's hospitals throughout Australia. The idea is that you get a team together, get your friends to sponsor you, and on a predetermined date, your team sits down and jointly writes a book suitable for children. You have just one day to get it it written, edited, illustrated, printed and bound, so it takes some really nifty teamwork to make it happen.
Three of us Egobooers - Carol Ryles, Helen Venn and Satima Flavell - were part of such a team in 2004, when we won the Western Australian 'Professional' division. I'd thoroughly recommend the experience to any writing group. It's great fun and an excellent fundraiser for the hospitals as well.
So form a team of your own if you can, or if not, go to http://csfg.wordpress.com/, where you can sign up to support the Canberra team. It doesn't have to be a big donation - every little helps.
You can find out more about Write-a-Book-in-a-Day at http://www.writeabookinaday.com/.