Society Diary: Donating your chocolate tubs and how to win a donkey

08 Dec 2023 Voices

Civil Society’s satirical columnist fills you in on this week’s quirky charity news...

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Merry Friday, dear readers. Are you getting in the Christmas spirit? It might be hard to when it feels like the government is hurtling along towards its ultimate demise (at least that’s how Diary has felt this week).

So, let’s distract ourselves with some happier news. 

Before that, though, Civil Society Towers must congratulate one of its colleagues, who has had a child – presumably in order to play baby Jesus in our workplace nativity play. Diary, for one, admires the commitment. 

Christmas donkey prize draw

Before you get too excited (as Diary did), the donkeys on offer are not real. This is probably lucky for them, as the animal would surely crumble under the weight Diary is likely to put on this Christmas. 

The Donkey Sanctuary has launched its annual fundraiser to win one of three crocheted donkeys, or “Neddies” as the charity calls them. 

This columnist wonders where the “N” comes from, when donkey starts with “D” – but supposes it is because “Deddies” would sound rather too macabre.  

Donating to the fundraiser gives supporters the chance to win one of the donkeys, which were crocheted by a Donkey Sanctuary supporter. 

One is positively tinseltastic with a star on top of its head, another is holding a Christmas scene, while another is dressed as Santa and has a little Rudolph in tow. 

So far, the fundraiser has received 232 donations and raised £2,499 for the charity. 

Chocolate tubs for charity

It is unlikely that you will escape this festive season without demolishing a tub of chocolates, whether they be Heroes, Celebrations or Roses (other chocolates are available). 

So, as thousands buy tubs of confectionary, biscuits and crackers every Christmas, Greene King is asking the public to donate the empty tubs to them to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Any Greene King site, whether it be a pub, restaurant or hotel, will be accepting the tubs from 1 January to 11 February 2024 for its “Tub2Pub” scheme. 

All the empty tubs will be taken to a plastic reprocessing centre where they are shredded and sold on to plastic manufacturers. 

Cat song

Magic Light, producers of animations like the Gruffalo, StickMan and Zog, has partnered with Cats Protection to raise money for the charity. 

It has created the Tabby McTat song which is available to buy on all streaming services. All profits will be donated to the cat charity. 

It is a sweet little ditty about a silver-haired gent and his feline companion and will be appealing to anyone who likes music that is accompanied by a melodic “meow meow meow” in the background. 

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