Hot on the heels of Julie Bindel's recent tirade in The Guardian against what she labelled "charity sexism" comes news that a Swiss doctor who runs a group of charitable children's hospitals in Cambodia has turned down £45,000 raised from the sale of a nude photograph of French first lady Carla Bruni on the grounds that Cambodians disapprove of "exploiting female flesh for money".
Dr Beat Richner told FemaleFirst: "In Cambodia, the use of nudity is not understood in the way it is in the west."
People in Spain also responded with a resounding "no, gracias" to what the Fox News website described as "a tongue-in-cheek erotic calendar" produced by seven "middle-aged Spanish moms" to raise money for their children's school.
The hapless chicas del calendario have been left with 5,000 unsold copies of the calendar, which features a number of "goofy poses", including "a shotgun-toting mom wearing only a fox pelt kneeling on a table". The self-confessed rank amateurs got their knickers in a twist over distribution and ended up missing the Christmas rush.
Knickers were also among the prizes at a charity fundraising auction in Reading, but the twist in this case was even more demoralising - no one at all turned up.
The Reading Evening Post reported that a local barman organised the event to raise money that would allow him to take part in a rally across India in aid of children's charity the Rainbow Trust and Indian education charity Adventure Ashram. Undeterred, Jason Browne is planning to auction his goodies - which include a signed Reading football shirt and a year's supply of flowers - at a cocktail-making competition for local pub workers.