Red Cross installs refitted arcade game cabinets in Swedish airports

Plus: US charity event cancelled over maracas, and Indian PM's suit for sale

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

In the baggage halls at Stockholm Arlanda and Gothenburg Landvetter airports in Sweden, the boffins of the Red Cross have installed refitted classic arcade game cabinets that accept any type of currency. The money drops into a donation box, and travellers get to take out their frustrations on the alien hordes by playing time-honoured retro games such as Space Invaders and Galaga, or be chased by ghosts as Pac-Man, all in support of a good cause. Waka waka, as Pac-Man would almost certainly say.

In the US, a charity event was cancelled after somebody complained that using maracas in the promotional posters was racist. A group at Quinnipiac University, north of New Haven in the state of Connecticut, planned to hold an event called Queso for Casa, in which they would have sold Mexican food to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a not-for-profit organisation that helps foster children. But organisers pulled the plug after one student said that using maracas in the posters for the event was "stereotypical and offensive". What a shame for all those movers and shakers; perhaps a new cymbal could be found.

Finally, how much would you pay for a suit worn by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, when he met the US president Barack Obama? A hundred quid? Come on – it's a wool suit, with Modi's name woven into the pinstripe. Ok, two hundred. Get real – the suit was actually sold at a charity auction in India for a frankly astonishing £475,000. The money will go towards a project to clean up the river Ganges.

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