World Emergency Relief is calling on the world's media and donors to remember the people of northern Uganda, who are on the brink of a food crisis. More than 1.8 million refugees live in camps for internally displaced people across northern Uganda. They have been driven from their homes by the Lord's Resistance Army and are weakened by poverty, inadequate shelter, poor sanitation and minimal medical care. To raise funds and awareness, the charity has sent out direct mailings asking for donations and for the first time is publishing display adverts in the broadsheet press.
Bowel Cancer UK is launching a text message competition as part of its Sit Down On It campaign to raise awareness and £2m within the year. The charity, which offers support and advice to those affected by the disease, is running the competition with a range of 'money can't buy' opportunities to sit down with celebrities or visit glamorous locations across the UK.
Prizes include tickets to concerts and meetings with sports personalities.
The Mission to Seafarers is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a Lent appeal to raise £45,000. The appeal is targeting supporters, church congregations and friends in the shipping industry through a number of events, the highlight of which will be an anniversary service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 28 March. The money raised will go to a number of causes, including helping to train chaplains in the advocacy skills needed to deal with welfare and justice issues, and expanding the mission's presence in India, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
Sue Ryder Care's Handbags and Gladrags campaign is being supported by fashion designers Antoni & Alison, who have created a donation bag with the slogan 'Sue needs your help'. Elle magazine is also backing the campaign through a promotion in this month's edition, with details of a hotline and text number people can use to get a bag. Elle's 5,000 subscribers will also be sent one of the limited-edition designs. Once people have filled their bags with unwanted clothes and shoes, they are encouraged to deliver them to their nearest Sue Ryder Care shops. The charity wants to generate top-quality stock and draw younger people to its 400 shops.
Unicef UK is sending a mailing to existing supporters to raise funds for therapeutic feeding programmes for children under five. The aim is to save the lives of the 15,000 children who die each day from malnutrition.
The appeal pack shows a picture of a smiling baby with the caption 'Isn't it lovely when children look the picture of health?' Inside, a letter from David Bull, executive director of Unicef UK, explains that the child is Diana, who arrived at Dili General Hospital in East Timor too weak from malnutrition to even raise her head. After three weeks on a Unicef-supported feeding programme, she is being restored to health. An enclosed leaflet outlines the treatment for malnourished children and asks supporters for donations of their choice.