More than 200 people gathered at a beach in England to participate at an attempt to break the world record for the most people skinny dipping at one time.

Skinny dippers from across England joined together at a beach in Druridge Bay at sunrise Saturday and ran into the sea, the CNN reported.

Dubbed the North East Skinny Dip, organizers hoped to set Guinness World Record, as well as raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.

Although organizers said they likely failed at their attempt to set the record, the event was a success nonetheless, the Sunday Sun reported.

“Loads of us ran naked into the sea to raise money for Mind and to celebrate ourselves and our bodies,” said organizer Jacqueline Higginson, 34. “I did a skinny dip last year where we broke the world record, I don’t think there was enough to do it today but there was enough of us for it to be a lot of fun.”

Higginson said the event raised more than $3,000.

“We think we have reached our target of 2,000 pounds ($3,249) but donations are still flooding in so hopefully it will be more than this,” she said.

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A 48-year-old English grandfather has completed his 30th consecutive half-marathon on Sunday when he completed the Great North Run … with a fridge strapped to his back.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison from Hebburn, South Tyneside, hauled the 40kg appliance round the Newcastle to South Shields route for the 30th time in as many days – a distance of almost 400 miles.

Phoenix-Morrison said he was humbled by the public’s response to his sponsored challenge to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which funds cancer research.

An emotional Phoenix-Morrison said: “People have been amazing. Every step has been cheered all the way along the run. I’m feeling honoured to be able to carry out this challenge. It represents the daily struggle people with cancer have, and the struggle to fight cancer.”

He confessed he was not sure he could complete the challenge and said he had been lucky in avoiding injury.

He would usually complete the 13-mile course in about two hours, 40 minutes while carrying his heavy load, but his final effort took just over three hours as he stopped to talk to well-wishers, many of whom handed him money for the cause that he then stuffed in his fridge.

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A bow-tie wearing duck that has raised thousands of pounds for charity has been banned – because he doesn’t have a permit.

The bird – called Star – wears a dickie bow and waddles alongside his owner Barrie Hayman raising money for sick youngsters.

Star and Barrie regularly visit businesses collecting cash from the public – already raising £6,500 for a children’s hospice.

But Barrie has now been told by several councils that his sidekick could be deemed ”irritating” and needs a permit.

Barrie, of Bideford, Devon, now has to apply 28 days in advance for a single day’s permit – meaning he would only be allowed to collect on one day each month.

He said: ”If I was putting into my own pocket, I could understand it, but everything goes to the sick children.

”If a permit covered me for a year and I was able to visit a different town each day, that would be fine, but on this basis I don’t think I can carry on.”

Barrie and Star collect on average £200 a day by going into businesses around North and Mid Devon.

Star dons a bow tie and Barrie carries a bucket and together the pair have raised £6,500 for Children’s Hospice South West in Fremington, Devon.

But council officials say to be fair to all charities, they must limit how often fundraisers are allowed to collect cash.

They also say they have to ensure charity collectors are limited in their efforts to make sure they do not become ”irritating” to the public.

But local businesses have slammed the decision and are calling for Star to be allowed to collect money as often as possible.

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Squeezing breasts for charity (video)

On September 4, 2012, in Society & Culture, by Weird

The Japanese have taken raising money for charities to a new level with a “Breast Fundraiser” event.

The fundraiser which was part of the ‘Erotica will Save the World’ event, took place took place on August 25th and 26th in Tokyo, Japan.

At the Breast Fundraiser event, 10 ladies (oppai momi models) volunteered to have their breasts squeezed in exchange for cash towards the STOP!AIDS cause (a charity aimed at promoting the awareness, treatment, and prevention of AIDS).

To participate in the event, men and women would have to line up to have their IDs checked (to make sure they are over 18 years old), donate money, sterilize their hands, and then squeeze the breasts of one of the 10 models.

They were allowed two squeezes per hand and if they were not satisfied, they would have to rejoin the line and fork up more cash.

While Oppai momi (the practice of allowing people to squeeze your breasts in exchange for money) is popular at some Japanese bars, this was the first time it has been carried out at a public event.

Here’s one of their promotional videos (Safe For Work):

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Thanks to The Future Post for the heads-up.

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A Pennsylvania woman who offers free lunch every day to low-income children in her neighborhood faces a $600-a-day fine next summer if she continues because she did not clear the food giveaway with township officials.

Angela Prattis donates her time to distribute the meals – supplied by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – and adheres to strict paperwork, like filling out weekly reports and being visited bi-weekly from a state worker.

Prattis lived in the township for three years. She reportedly distributes the meals to the 60 or so children at a gazebo on her property during the summer months, when children are home from school.

The Delaware County Times reports that another resident alerted the council about the distribution a few weeks ago. The council investigated and ruled that the practice is not permitted without a variance, the paper reported.

“You have houses here, the roofs are falling in, and they could be focused on a lot of more serious issues than me feeding children,” she said.

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Australian entrepreneur has spent the last 51 hours sat on the throne, raising cash for the developing world by fighting the good fight on sanitation. And he’s winning.

Griffiths is a man on a mission which, like the Who Gives A Crap toilet paper he’s selling (he’ll split the profits 50-50 with WaterAid), is two-fold:

•Step #1: Raise $50,000 to fund the first production run of Good Goods’ socially responsible bog roll; and

•Step #2: Get off the toilet, raise more money, and build toilets in places that really, really need them.

Griffiths might be crazy enough to sit on a toilet at his Melbourne-based Poo HQ until he’s raised $50k, but he’s no drifter.

This is a man who, with university degrees in engineering and economics, turned his back on a lucrative white-collar career to change the world for the better. His passion to do something meaningful for sanitation has taken him nearly everywhere in the developing world.

Needless to say, he knows a lot about toilets.

“It’s borne out of using disgusting toilets myself and being concerned for my own personal hygiene. It’s a much, much higher risk for people who live in those circumstances,” he said.

The Who Gives a Crap campaign has been the sexy hook on an unsexy topic – sanitation. It’s not sexy, but it matters; around the world, 4000 children under the age of 5 die from diarrhoea-related diseases every day. Every single day.

Griffiths is on a mission to change that. Not by 2070, or 2080, as current estimates suggest would be the break-even point on world sanitation.

No, he’s cooked up a new way of raising money: “consumer-driven philanthropy”.

“This whole concept moves astronomically far away from what the average Australian thinks about donating,” he said.

“It’s not about pulling on heart strings or giving something extra from your paycheck. It’s about selling a product that’s fairly priced, the quality is just as good, and the purchase of that product is motivated by want and not guilt. Who Gives A Crap is about taking an unsexy product and turning it into something that’s incredibly fun. Toilet paper is all about pillows and puppies and babies. But we want to promote a product that’s not traditional, yet it’s soft, it’s great and it works. We’re doing something really energising and enjoyable.”

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