Planet Charity: An international award for Kim Jong-un

Plus: riding the Tour on a Chopper, and the charitable face of Lionel Messi

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

Here's a list of world figures who have received peace awards: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Kim Jong-un. Er, hang on – who? The Sukarno Education Foundation, a charity in Indonesia, has been criticised for lining up the North Korean dictator for an international award extolling his "peace, justice and humanity". The charity said the charges against Kim, such as reportedly executing one of his military leaders with an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep during a meeting, killing his uncle for treason and threatening the US with a pre-emptive nuclear attack, were "western propaganda".

In France, one intrepid soul has been riding the Tour de France route to raise funds for charity – on a Raleigh Chopper pushbike. Dave Sims completed 1,600 miles, or 18 of the race's 21 stages, on a modified version of the 1970s classic in aid of Help for Heroes. He said he wanted to prove that you don't need a flash bike to get up the likes of the Alpe d'Huez. We're not sure the case is closed on that one.

Finally, there's been a raft of fake stories about top footballers making large charitable donations. Did Cristiano Ronaldo give £5m to Save the Children's Nepal earthquake appeal? No. Did the German footballer Mesut Ozil give his World Cup winnings to the people of Gaza? Apparently not. But in Argentina, word comes of its superstar Lionel Messi doing his bit to ruin the reputation of greedy footballers by making a genuine donation of 4.5m Argentine pesos to Unicef. It works out at about £310,000, probably equal to about two days' "work" for the Barcelona star.

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