The Week in Charities - 29 May

Smarts is handling comms for forthcoming Scottish charity event Celebrity Come Dance with Me, on a pro bono basis. The event takes place on 30 May and raises funds for Marie Curie's Big Build Appeal, which aims to raise £16.1million to build a hospice in Glasgow. Contestants include STV weather man Sean Batty, comedian and Galaxy FM DJ, Des Clarke and businessman and Channel 4's Secret Millionaire Charan Gill.

The Aegis Trust has appointed global ad agency LONDON to secure corporate sponsorship for its Candles for Rwanda campaign. The charity’s campaign is being primarily driven by a series of viral films that show prominent celebrities and politicians including Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock and David Cameron lighting a candle in memory of those who lost their lives.

The Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with Big Issue Cymru to launch a free magazine that highlights how lottery good cause money is bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need in Wales.
Survival International has launched a fresh attack on mining company Vedanta, its PR agency Finsbury and CSR agency CO3. It has set up a page on its site criticising Vedanta’s PR offensive.

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