Give it up!

15 March 2013
Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Comic Relief has become one of the most successful charity events in the UK calendar with 2011’s effort raising a record breaking £74.3 million. This year’s escapades should not disappoint. In just one example of what our comedians will do to get you to give up your cash, British national treasure, Miranda Hart is doing a week of challenges despite a dodgy knee. These have so far included waxing the armpits of rugby players, singing in a girl band, and will culminate today in arranging a wedding in under eight hours. The big night kicks off at 7pm, but the public has already been doing its bit. On my way in to work I saw commuters dressed in pyjamas (following a call from London daily paper The Evening Standard) and collections being made at train and tube stations. If you’re feeling charitable and want to donate to a cause close to your heart, look no further than the CIPS Foundation, which was launched this week. This will offer scholarships, bursaries and awards to support struggling individuals wanting to enter and advance in the procurement profession. Members can donate in various ways and suggestions for raising money are also welcome. As CIPS president Paula Gildert put it this week: “Our institute unites us, we can invest in it, it needs us.” We’ll let you know if we hear of any armpit-shaving taking place to raise funds.
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