'Boob Aid' raises £24,000 for Japanese charity

Plus: US cancer charity rejects donations connected to leaked Jennifer Lawrence photos, and Red Cross Society of China is in hot water for renting out government-funded building

Strange but true charity news from around the world
Strange but true charity news from around the world

Discomfiting news from Japan, where nine female porn stars raised an estimated £24,000 for the Japan Foundation for Aids Prevention by allowing people to touch their breasts in return for donations. More than 4,100 people took part in the 12-hour Boob Aid event in Tokyo. Participant Rina Serina said: "I never thought my boobs could contribute to society."

More nakedness in the US, where the Prostate Cancer Foundation has rejected more than £3,700 in donations raised through a forum on the social networking website Reddit in connection with leaked private photos of celebrities, including the actor Jennifer Lawrence. The forum gave instructions on how people could anonymously share the pictures, which were stolen by hacking the celebrities' online data storage accounts, and invited users to make donations "in honour of Jennifer Lawrence". But the charity said it would reject the donations, sparking fury from some users. "They are literally saying that Jennifer Lawrence is more important than a cure for cancer," said one.

The Red Cross Society of China is in hot water after reports said it had rented out a government-funded warehouse, designed to store emergency relief supplies, to raise cash. The Beijing building was leased soon after it was built in 2010 to a management company that divided up the space and rented it out. Zhao Baige, executive vice-president of the RCSC, said the warehouse was too big for its needs and that the charity needed the money. "I don't want to compare the RCSC to a young girl from a good family who is forced to sell sex," she said. "But we are facing problems."

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