Society Diary: A big bum, a rhino and woke scones

12 Apr 2024 Voices

Civil Society’s comedic columnist summarises the big stories in charity land this week... 

Save the Rhino

Dearest reader, happy Friday! This week we were treated to an eclipse – but viewers of a Mexican news outlet were unfortunately forced to look upon a man’s testicle after a viewer sent in the footage for a laugh

Dog’s Trust posted that “if you fail to see the #Eclipse tonight, you can always look at our little Luna” with a photo of a little dog. Diary is hastened to add that the dog looks nothing like an eclipse, despite its name.

Let’s take a look at some of the quirky charity news that occurred this week, starting with some more anatomy...

Explore a virtual bum

The Big C Cancer Charity has organised a rather cheeky fundraiser, where participants can walk through an inflatable bowel which shows signs of bowel cancer. 

To raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms, the charity hosted events with the big bowel last weekend in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth. The BBC reported that approximately 500 people would attend each day. 

For those that cannot attend in person, fear not: the charity’s inflatable bowel is available virtually on its website so everyone can learn about the large bowel (this is a medical term – Diary is not bodyshaming the colon). 

Wheelchair rhino costume

Martin Turner, a Wales rugby league athlete, will be taking part in the London Marathon in the event’s first-ever rhino wheelchair costume

North Wales Crusaders wheelchair team player Turner will be raising funds for Save the Rhino International and wear the 15kg costume when completing the race on 21 April. 

The costume was designed by William Todd-Jones who was the first person to don a rhino-related costume for the London Marathon in 1992. 

Woke scones?

Last month, the Daily Mail ran an “exclusive” story which claimed that the National Trust had “secretly” made all of its scones vegan. 

The paper wrote that critics were condemning the “woke” scones, which they were surprised to find out were made with margarine. 

Celia Richardson, director of communications at the trust, made a social media post in response that shows that the newspaper previously posted its “new” scone recipe which included vegetable spread instead of butter in 2018. 

Regardless, the Mail couldn’t believe it wasn’t butter, and were clearly very upset about it. 

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