What's new: Your round-up of the latest fundraising campaigns

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is launching a nationwide fundraising appeal for £150,000. The Great Strides campaign is a series of sponsored walks between 5km and 30km long, which are being held throughout the UK between May and September.

The events are designed to appeal to all ages and fitness levels, and range from hill walking to park strolls and fancy dress events. The charity plans to reach its target by collecting registration fees of £2.50 from children and £6 from adult participants. All funds raised will go towards finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, the life-threatening inherited disease that affects 8,000 people in the UK.

Autism Speaks is running an online fundraiser in which supporters can bid for authors including Louis de Bernieres and Jodi Picoult to name a new character after them. The Authors for Autism Research auction on eBay closes on 2 April. The charity aims to raise £15,000 towards its research into the causes of autism.

Surf Relief UK and Fifteen Cornwall will team up for a fundraising dinner and auction on 25 July during Cornwall's 2008 White Stuff Surf Relief Festival. The charities hope to raise £50,000 to help disadvantaged young people in the UK.

The Manchester United Foundation will benefit from the fundraising efforts of a club employee who plans to run 150 miles through Chile's Atacama Desert in seven days. Rob James will collect sponsorship to support the charity's work with communities in the north west of England.

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