Paper round

The international tide, it seems, is turning against the nude fundraiser.

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.

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