The National Aids Trust has launched a 100-day countdown to this year's World Aids Day with an online fundraising and awareness campaign.
The aim of the Virtual Red Ribbon campaign is to get 7,000 organisations to feature red ribbons on their websites by 1 December to show their support. Each ribbon will represent one person who will be diagnosed with HIV this year in the UK. By clicking on the ribbon icon, internet users will be directed to the campaign's website, where they can opt to make a donation or find further information on events. This year's World Aids Day will take the theme You, Me and Us to illustrate how people can work together to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.
Save the Children UK has launched a campaign to raise funds and awareness of the lack of healthcare for African children. It has worked with direct marketing agency Proximity London to attach hundreds of used red flip-flops to trees, lampposts, gates and walkways carrying the message "Imagine walking 30 miles to the doctor with a vomiting child. Call Save the Children to stop this being a reality for African mothers". The flip-flops also carry a telephone number that people can call to learn more or make donations.
The campaign ties in with the charity's range of branded flip-flops, which it began selling online this summer.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is to receive donations from the sale of steins of German beer sold at a Bavarian-themed bar during the annual Oktoberfest. The charity will receive 10p from every one of the traditional glass mugs of beer sold at the Bavarian Beerhouse in London during the three-week festival, which runs from 16 September to 6 October. The charity will also host its third Walk a Dog to School Day on 18 October, to encourage children, parents and schools to raise funds. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home runs three centres that provide veterinary care and shelter to abandoned cats and dogs.
The NSPCC is aiming to raise £50,000 from sponsorship from this year's Conker Cup, an annual fundraising event that challenges contestants to fight for the title of City Conkerer. This year's event takes place on 5 October and will be held simultaneously in two cities, London and Birmingham, for the first time. Several England rugby union players, including Leon Lloyd and the now-retired Jason Leonard, will attend the events. The Conker Cup is co-sponsored by law firm Wragge & Co, the Great Eastern Hotel in London and Taylor's Port.
Disability Challengers, a children's charity based in Surrey, is aiming to raise more than £1,500 a month for its Big Play Appeal by selling its own brand of sweets in nearby towns. The Sweet Appeal - a partnership between the charity and a local confectionery business - sees colourful boxes of Disability Challengers-branded sweets and snacks on sale in 500 local retailers for £1, with 10p going to the appeal. The Big Play Appeal has a target of raising £3m to build a play and leisure facility for disabled children and a youth centre for disabled people under 25 in Farnham.