Paper Round

Hardly a day goes by without a local newspaper reporting on a "plucky" group of workmates "stripping off" for a "risque" charity calendar, but the sexualisation of fundraising brings worse.

Reuters reported that a Chilean prostitute had auctioned 27 hours of sex to raise money for the country's largest charity during a telethon. Maria Carolina's efforts raised about £2,000. Campaign organiser Mario Kreutzberger said he didn't want to encourage immoral activities, but would accept the donation anyway.

It couldn't happen here, you cry. Perhaps not, but student Leah Levin-Martin came dangerously close. The South London Press reported that the 18 year-old appeared on eBay clad only in black underwear. Approving chaps were supposed to bid for a date with her to raise money for an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of ChildReach International. Levin-Martin, who hopes to raise at least £1,000, said: "I know the dangers, but I'm also a bit of a risk taker and I love meeting new people. I'm a humanitarian at heart."

Astonishingly, the whole thing was her mum's idea. Still, dad Trevor will be lurking nearby during the date to keep an eye on things.

Meanwhile, 80s nightingale Madonna is in the doghouse with the RSPCA after dyeing her own sheep in a variety of colours for a Vogue photoshoot, according to The Guardian. The charity fears the "irresponsible" stunt could lead to a spate of "cack-handed copycat sheep-dyeing incidents". A spokesman said being dyed blue, pink, yellow or green "would probably cause the animals considerable stress". However, Nathan Griffith, the editor of Sheep! magazine ("The Voice of the Independent Flockmaster"), said it was "no more harmful to the sheep than a person dyeing their hair".

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