Planet Charity: 'Inappropriate donations' for Calais

Plus: The 'conception costume' hits New York's sidewalks and 10,000 rubber ducks adrift in New Zealand - or not

In France, a charity worker was rather taken aback to come across a surprising donation to refugees in Calais: a silver strap-on. The worker was sorting through donations for Calais - People to People Solidarity - Action from UK when she uncovered the sex toy, a picture of which she swiftly posted up on the organisation's Facebook page. "This goes to the top of the gallery of inappropriate donations," the worker wrote. Cue horror from some of the group's followers on the social networking site, although most seemed to find it amusing.

Those in the horrified camp probably would have been wise to avoid New York City in the US, where people have been walking around in oversized vagina costumes as part of a campaign for women's reproductive rights. The "conception costume" is being sold by the company Conceived in Brooklyn to benefit the charity 50 Cents. Period, which provides sanitary products to women and girls in developing countries. Publicity shots show the giant vaginas doing what presumably are normal giant vagina things, like skateboarding and buying hot dogs. Even huge reproductive organs have to eat, right?

And a charity in New Zealand has been stuck with 10,000 rubber ducks for almost three years after it was refused permission to use them in a fundraising wheeze. Kidney Kids bought them in late 2013 with the intention of setting them free in Auckland Harbour and asking people to adopt a duck in the hope of winning the first prize of about £480,000. But authorities classified the venture "interactive remote gambling", which is forbidden in New Zealand, and put the kybosh on it.

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