Tag Archives: Charity

Bill(board) of rights

‘Sorry mate, I don’t have any change.’ Last year, 40% of all payments in Europe were made by card. So it’s no surprise that charities are looking beyond the bucket for new ways to gather donations from the public.

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Pandamonium

What do you call a group of pandas? It’s not a joke from an ice-lolly stick (although feel free to send witty answers on the back of a postcard). The answer is, there isn’t an answer. Pandas don’t have a collective noun because they’re rarely spotted together. Until now.

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Win by a nose

There was a time when computer games required a control stick and a single button. Then came more advanced controllers, then steering wheels, then guns and head visors and dance mats and microphones and even fishing rods. Now there’s a new gadget… for your nose.
 

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Suspended coffees

It might sound like coffee’s been given the red card, but it’s actually a source of goodwill. (Nice one DG.)

The Suspended Coffee, or ‘caffè sospeso’ in Italy, where it began, works on a simple principle. You buy a coffee. You sip/drink/dunk biscotti in it. You also pay for a second coffee. You don’t drink it. The second becomes a suspended coffee. Then, if someone in need of warmth and nourishment walks in, they can have the suspended coffee for free.

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There’s method in that mo

Method is launching two limited edition ‘Soap for Hope’ hand washes in support of two important causes: breast and prostate cancer awareness. Both hand wash bottles feature unique designs, including a moustache pattern as a wink to Movember, the global charity that challenges men around the world to grow a moustache during the month of November, raising money and awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer.

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Iconic shirting

Adding a new meaning to the question ‘who are you wearing?’, menswear brand Ben Sherman has created five limited-edition shirts inspired by some of the most prominent figures in British music and art of the last fifty years.

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You give, you get

Orange RockCorps organised an interactive concert with a twist for The Ting Tings in Paris. The more the public shared the event through social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram) the more spectacular the concert became. (Cheers Charlotte, Singapore).

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New York’s thirst for art

For the first time in history, New York’s iconic water tanks will be used as canvases for public art. Twelve feet high, thirteen feet in diameter and mostly made of redwood, the water tanks can be seen from almost every corner of the city.

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Hope for sale

Two Budgens stores in London are selling blocks of hope for £1 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society (Cheers Dominic, Asda).

Each block is made from recycled wood and branded with the word ‘HOPE’. They’re displayed above shelf barkers that urge people to ‘Buy HOPE for people affected by dementia.’ Once the blocks have been brought to the till and paid for, they’re returned to the shelf for new customers to buy. Over a hundred people bought hope on the first day of the pilot scheme.

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Easter fun’raiser

For six weeks leading up to Easter, central London is hosting The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Over 200 fibreglass eggs, designed by famous artists including musician M.I.A. and architect, Zaha Hadid, will be hidden in nooks and crannies around the city. Organisers hope to raise £2million for Action for Children, which provides support for vulnerable young people, and Elephant Family, which works to save endangered Asian Elephants.

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