Planet Charity: Donkey basketball raises funds for Unicef in Texas

Plus: Charity hit with bill for broken table after couple's 'late-night meeting' during fundraising event, and Antarctic Heritage Trust seeks staff for world's most southerly post office

Planet Charity: stories strange but true
Planet Charity: stories strange but true

If you're one of those people who think that the one thing basketball really lacks is live donkeys, you're in for a treat. Bullard High School in the Texas town of Tyler, USA, staged a game of donkey basketball to raise funds for Unicef and the health improvement charity Kawanis International. Before you get too excited, though, donkey basketball doesn't actually feature the braying beasts playing the game, but teams of four basketball players facing off while riding them. It was entertaining while it lasted.

In Melbourne, Australia, a charity has been hit with a £250 bill for damage to an antique table after a couple sneaked into a private room for a "late-night meeting" during a charity fundraising event. Organisers might have to dip into the £67,000 raised for the food recycling charity FareShare Australia through the swanky meal at the council-owned St Kilda Town Hall, after council officers found a wine stain on the table. Pen-pushers say they have footage of a couple entering the room carrying wine glasses, but have refused to show it to the charity to help it identify the alleged table damagers, citing privacy laws.

Down by the South Pole, the charity the Antarctic Heritage Trust is advertising for four hardy souls to spend five months on the tiny island of Goudier running the world's most southerly post office, which sorts letters sent home by visiting cruise ship passengers. In sub-zero temperatures and with no running water, successful applicants will carry heavy boxes of mail over the ice and snow while dodging the island's colony of about 2,000 penguins - all for £1,100 a month.

Presumably the pay has been frozen for some time.

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