Planet Charity: Charity ice hockey match has to be put on ice

Plus: Clean underwear needed down under and a charity explosion in Poland

Depending on who you believe, global warming might or might not be an actual thing, but there's no denying that warmer temperatures caused problems for a charity event in Canada. A marathon 12-hour ice hockey match at an outdoor rink in Edmonton had to be put on ice after warm weather made the playing surface too slushy. The event was due to benefit the Jacob's Wish Foundation, which supports sick children and their families.

A prank aimed at a man in Boston, Massachusetts in the US ended up benefiting local charities to the tune of 3,000 boxes of microwaveable snacks. An online advert falsely said Nolan Powers had sold a convenience store and had 3,000 boxes of Hot Pockets up for grabs, leading to a bunch of food banks contacting him. But Nestle, which makes the product, got wind of the wheeze and promised to donate the same number of boxes of the aforementioned grub to the charities.

Down under, a charity has called for more support "down under" in an appeal asking people to donate clean underwear for homeless people. Wayside Chapel in Sydney, Australia, ran the Valentine's Day-themed appeal under the tagline "Nothing says 'I love you' like a clean pair of undies". The chapel offers services for homeless people, including hot showers and clean underwear, but says it's hard to maintain stocks.

Finally, big news for people who like to keep track of not-for-profit organisations in Poland: the number of charities has more than quadrupled since 2004 to about 9,000 in 2015, the Central Statistical Office has said. It's not clear why, but we thought you'd like to know.

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