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5 great activities & events for #GivingTuesday 2016

5 great activities & events for #GivingTuesday 2016

This year’s #GivingTuesday falls on the 29th November, so with the date fast approaching, here are five of the activities and events that are taking place both in the run-up to #GivingTuesday and on the day itself.

 

1) Cancer Research UK: Giving Feels Good

Cancer Research UK is hoping to inspire donations this #GivingTuesday with the release of ‘Giving Feels Good’, a video focusing on five facts about #GivingTuesday: when it falls, this year’s date, the number of countries it runs in, the amount it raised every minute for UK charities last year, and the fact that last year, CRUK received enough on #GivingTuesday to fund a breast cancer trial for two months.

 

GivingTuesday face

2) Young Secret Santa named face of #GivingTuesday

A young secret Santa who helps brighten up Christmas for thousands of people in hospitals and care homes has been chosen as the UK face of #GivingTuesday 2016. Courtney Hughes, 18, from Oxfordshire, started her campaign to collect Christmas gifts for people spending that time of year in hospitals, hospices and care homes.five years ago when her great grandmother was ill over the festive period. Last year, she collected, wrapped and distributed 4,000 presents and also helps to collect and deliver food parcels to homeless people and emergency refuges.

 

Argos shop front

3) Mass retailer participation

Around 1,400 UK businesses and charities are currently pledging to do something for charity on 29th November, including Argos, Asos Foundation, BT, The Entertainer, Homebase, Morrisons, QVC and Sainsbury’s. Among the planned activity, BT is hosting a #GivingTuesday Power Hour at the BT Tower for partners on the morning of #GivingTuesday, hosted by BT MyDonate and CAF, while Morrisons is raising money for charity partner Sue Ryder. Checkout staff will be wearing Sue Ryder sashes and #GivingTuesday stickers and offering customers the opportunity to top up their shop with a £1 donation.

 

4) GivingShoesday

Lepra is turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesday to raise awareness and funds for its custom-made shoes for people affected by diseases such as leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. It is asking people to show their shoes with a photo on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #GivingShoesday on the 29th November, to donate £1 for every pair their own, wear a crazy pair of shoes for the day or just donate £3 by text.

 

5) Free #GivingTuesday e-book from DonorPerfect

DonorPerfect is offering a free e-book in the run-up to #GivingTuesday. It contains facts, tips, tools and advice aimed at anyone considering participating in the event but unsure whether they should get involved or how to begin. It is available for free download from the DonorPerfect site.

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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