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

Save the Children launched an emergency appeal last week to raise £250,000 for its work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The direct marketing campaign has targeted 100,000 warm supporters to ask for an extra one-off gift towards the charity's projects for children caught in the humanitarian crisis caused by the country's five-year civil war.

The pack tells the story of 14-year-old Amani, a child who was kidnapped, enslaved and raped by rebel soldiers. When she managed to escape, she found herself shunned by her community. She has since received support and education through the charity's projects.

"The current media focus on the Middle East means people are largely unaware of the situation in the DRC," said Clare Bickerdike, financial product manager at Save the Children. "The aim of our campaign is to educate donors about the acute crisis."

St Ann's Hospice is to host its inaugural Manchester Midnight Walk on 25 May, which marks the start of its contribution to Help the Hospices' Go Yellow campaign in June. The walk's 10km circular route will start and finish at the City of Manchester Stadium, Eastlands.

The Youth Hostels Association is aiming to raise £1m for its Breaks 4 Kids scheme, which allows disadvantaged children to benefit from group holidays at the charity's accommodation. From this month, £3 out of every annual subscription payment from the YHA's 230,000 members will go directly to the scheme.

Practical Action is to benefit from the fundraising efforts of two marathon runners who aim to raise £102,000 for the charity's sustainable climate change projects. Sean Cornwell ran the Sahara marathon in southern Algeria last week, and Ed Stumpf will take part in the North Pole marathon on 15 April.

Comic Relief is offering website owners and users of social networking sites a choice of six downloadable fundraising banners to adorn their pages in the run-up to Red Nose Day on 16 March. The banners can be added by copying an HTML code from www.rednoseday.com/banners.

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