Third Sector at Large: This charity bling and buy sale looks like a bit of a hoot

Bling My Bra, the Labour party conference and chugging are on our minds this week

- Some fairly zany stuff goes on in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it would be hard to beat Bling My Bra. This is the auction on eBay, at the rate of one a day throughout October, of "handcrafted one-of-a-kind themed art bras", a few of which are shown on this page. It's American, of course - an underwear version of Pimp My Ride, mentioned here recently. It raised $3,000 in its first year and the website says the goal this year is "an exciting $10,000".

- Acevo's head of policy, Ralph Michell, was on the train to the Labour conference last week, quietly working on policies that might not appeal much to the trade unions - extending the 'right to challenge' to the NHS, the reform of public services, the need to take on vested interests, that sort of thing. Then he became aware that the man sitting quietly next to him - and presumably working on the opposite sort of stuff - was Brendan Barber, the TUC's general secretary.

- The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association is nothing if not alert. Richard Price tweeted to his journalist friend Amy Price about chugging on the high street, and a bit later was back saying: "Complain about Godalming chuggers, an hour later the PFRA are on the phone, grilling me. Quite intimidating, in their own charitable way." The PFRA soon tweeted once again to say: "Sorry Richard, we really didn't want you to think we were grilling you - we just wanted to get to the bottom of what happened."

- Kevin Curley of Navca, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Third Sector Excellence Awards last week, was due to remain in his beloved Tanzania on the day of the ceremony last week. But some cunning subterfuge by his family got him back to London just in time. "He's officially forgiven me for bringing him back early from Zanzibar," says his wife, Penny. "I don't think he'd have been happy to miss the live presentation."

- At the Institute of Fundraising Scotland conference later this month, one day will close with a session called Thinking Big and the next will open with Thinking Small. Symmetrical in its way, but is this a choice? Should one do both? Simultaneously? Could be rather confusing.

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