Planet Charity: German citizens turn the tables on neo-Nazis

Plus: Ballet dancers from Russia and Ukraine come together for fundraiser and US graduates put cat videos to charitable use

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

Enterprising locals in Wunsiedel, Germany, turned the tables on a group of neo-Nazis by using the fascists' annual march to raise about £8,000 for a charity set up to help people who have quit far-right organisations.

Marches have taken place in the Bavarian town since Rudolf Hess was buried there in 1987, although his body was moved and the grave destroyed in 2011. Locals this year pledged EUR10 (about £8) for every metre the neo-Nazis marched, with all proceeds going to Exit-Deutschland. The 200 or so fascists appeared increasingly bewildered as they walked past supportive banners and were offered fruit to keep them going under a sign saying "Mein Mampf" - German for my snack.

Over in Moscow, ballet dancers from Russia and Ukraine set aside the current conflict between their two countries to put on a performance to raise funds for the Kiev State Ballet School. Svetlana Zakharova, the Bolshoi Theatre's Ukrainian-born prima ballerina, organised the show in a bid to improve conditions for young dancers in the Ukraine capital. It's not clear how much was raised by the event, which was a sell-out, but organisers said there was much "stamping of feet". Which presumably is a good thing.

Finally, it's a well-known fact that the internet is made up of lots of useful stuff, naughty stuff and cat videos. In the US two graduates from Georgetown University in Washington DC are trying to make charitable hay out of this by launching a website of cat videos,, which gives all of its advertising revenues to charities fighting cancer. Your manager may not be entirely delighted that you have just found this out ...

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