MOVEMBER: UK charity launches annual moustache-growing drive to fight cancer

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH British charity The Movember Foundation has launched its yearly Movember campaign to highlight its war on prostate cancer, which claims the lives of 11,000 men a year in the UK and will affect one in eight British males, according to figures by Prostate Cancer UK. Every November, men are encouraged to grow moustaches in any style they choose to help raise money to help fight cancer, as well as partake in other fundraising activities. The Movember campaign has broadened its scope in recent years from prostate  cancer to increasing awareness in men’s general health, mental illness, … Continue reading MOVEMBER: UK charity launches annual moustache-growing drive to fight cancer

B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

Jerusalem – VIJAY SHAH via the Jerusalem Post An Israeli politician has called on the country’s most senior government lawyer to dismantle a human rights organisation in the country after its leader spoke up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports. Nava Boker, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) allied with the secular centre-right Likud party, issued a request to the Attorney General, Aluf Avichai Mandelblit, to order the closing down of human rights group B’Tselem after its director-general, Hagai El-Ad, spoke on the Palestinian crisis in front of the United Nations Security Council … Continue reading B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

THE REAL-LIFE SIDESHOW BOB?: Fundraising clown criminalised by UK council

  Manchester – VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digital A man dressed as a clown who was fundraising for victims of terrorism found himself accosted by council workers who confiscated his donations bucket, SWNS news agency reported this Friday. Pensioner Tommy Armstrong, from Greenock in Inverclyde, Scotland, had visited the city of Manchester in England to collect spare change for victims of the recent suicide bombing there, when employees of the Manchester city council approached him while he was about to collect donations for a special charity 10-kilometre fun run he was due to take part in. The council staff demanded … Continue reading THE REAL-LIFE SIDESHOW BOB?: Fundraising clown criminalised by UK council

‘FAKE TWO PENCE’ – Rare error coin earns charity £1350 at auction

Malmesbury, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via TheLADbible and Daily Mail Poppy Appeal collectors in the English city of Malmesbury in Wiltshire county found themselves a small windfall after a ‘fake’ coin that was deposited in one of their charity collection boxes turned out to be a rare minting error that sold for £1,350 at a recent auction. Volunteers working for the British Royal Legion were sifting through the takings from a street collection appeal for ex-service personnel when they stumbled across a 2-pence coin that was silver-coloured, instead of the usual copper. Convinced it was a badly-done fake or a … Continue reading ‘FAKE TWO PENCE’ – Rare error coin earns charity £1350 at auction

MANOR PARK: Newham school in pole position to recieve Tesco ‘garden grant’

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via Newham Recorder A primary school in Manor Park, east London is set to receive £12,000 towards developing gardens for their pupils as part of a charity drive by a local newspaper and the supermarket chain Tesco, the Newham Recorder reported yesterday. Kensington Primary School, which caters to pupils aged between 3 and 11 years, was a finalist in a competition run between Tesco and the Newham Recorder as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which has a pot of £30,000 from sales of carrier bags which will be split into three grants of £8,000, £10,000 … Continue reading MANOR PARK: Newham school in pole position to recieve Tesco ‘garden grant’

INFORMA: Brand new volunteering opportunities for 2015

Embed from Getty Images Employees of the London offices of multinational conferences and events organisation Informa are being given a chance to get away from their office desks and meetings for a day and help volunteer with local charities here in London to help those in greater need. All Informa employees are offered an extra day off a year to use towards volunteering with a charitable organisation of their choice, and the company has partnered with several charities to offer volunteering experiences on a first-come first-served basis to any employee interested in taking part. Opportunity Number One is with the charity Providence Row, which provides warm and sustaining meals to homeless and … Continue reading INFORMA: Brand new volunteering opportunities for 2015

ASEF: Journalism event on crisis reporting in November

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is launching a special event for journalists this November to explore and share best practice on reporting global crises. The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting is being held in Luxembourg over three days from the 4-6 November 2014, according to a source with ASEF’s branch in Singapore. The colloquium is being organised in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12), an important regional political meeting being held at the same time also in Luxembourg. A specially selected number of 25 practicing journalists from Asia and Europe to come together to discuss and learn different approaches, … Continue reading ASEF: Journalism event on crisis reporting in November