Public sector round-up

Charity: Deaf charity RNID is targeting students in the latest stage of its Don’t Lose the Music campaign, launched earlier this year. The charity is handing out postcards carrying the message ‘I’ve got a big horn’ in 220 UK university student unions, to highlight the danger to hearing of loud music in gigs and clubs.

Tyne & Wear: Tyne & Wear Health Action Zone has launched a website to promote men’s health and local fitness facilities for the It’s Never Too Late campaign. The website is accessed through the site of local radio station Metro Radio.

Award: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is launching a campaign at the London Eye next Friday (October 17). Supported by health care firm HealthSure, Healthy Eyes will feature a website, healthyeyes.org.uk, and a book on eye care, The Little Book of Healthy Eyes.

Animal Welfare: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is calling on the Government to allow a ship carrying around 50,000 sheep to unload its cargo in southern Iraq. Its appeal follows Saudi Arabia’s refusal to take the cargo of the MV Cormo Express because it has been claimed the sheep suffer from scabby mouth disease.

Campaign: The Meningitis Research Foundation this week launched a meningitis and septicaemia awareness campaign to coincide with higher winter infection. The Foundation said the campaign would also stress that vaccination is currently only available for type C meningitis, not the more common, and more dangerous, type B variant.

Award: GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips will be hosting this year’s Age Concern Grandparent of the Year award. The event takes place on Wednesday 15 October at BAFTA in Piccadilly.

Report: The number of stray dogs collected by local authorities and put down fell by 22 per cent, according to the 2003 State of the Nation’s Dogs report, published this week by the Dogs Trust. It also said the number of stray dogs had fallen by six per cent, although fewer dogs were reunited with their owners than in 2002.

Voluntary work: The Government’s Community Fund has given £457,500 to volunteering campaign TimeBank to develop a PR and media training unit for the voluntary sector. The new Strategic Media Unit will enlist senior media executives to push volunteering work in their organisations.

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