Planet Charity: New Zealand youth charity shares an address with a sex club

Plus: the typo that led to a charity being struck off the Australian register, and stripping is all right in Saskatchewan

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

An awkward situation in New Zealand, where it turned out that a youth charity was operating from the same address as a men’s sex club. Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust, which ran a drop-in centre for young people, had the same Christchurch address as the Backroom, which is a drop-in centre for slightly older sorts. The charity’s chair said the two organisations were not linked, but it later emerged that serious concerns had been raised with the regulator, Charities Services, about the organisation’s governance, and the trust decided to deregister. Why not just move?

Over in Australia, one fundraising charity is lamenting a typographical mistake that has cost it its charitable status. The beautifully named Australasian Order of Old Bastards City of Adelaide, which holds events to raise funds for charities and has the motto "Whilst ever hops grow on this earth, let not plain water mar our mirth", was one of more than 300 South Australian charities to have their charitable status revoked because they failed to comply with the annual reporting requirements. Apparently, one of the old baskets failed to separate the words "bastards" and "city" in its paperwork, a typo that led to it being struck off. The good news is that it can regain charitable status by correctly completing its outstanding returns.

There’s both good and bad news in Saskatchewan, Canada, for people who like to watch others stripping. The state government has decreed that people can take their clothes off in front of an audience that is consuming alcohol, so long as it’s for charity or community benefit. And only once a year. Full nudity remains banned, though, just so things don’t get too out of hand.

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