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Zwitsal, Holland’s leading skin care brand for children, is raising awareness of the importance of UV protection with the introduction of a special fire brigade that fights sunburn: the ‘Zwitsal Zonnebrandweer’. Its task is to respond to sunny conditions and a high UV index, by driving to ‘hazardous areas’ and informing parents and kids about the importance of protecting their skin.
Why it matters
Brands have long affiliated themselves with worthy causes, however it now appears they are taking more of an active role. Will brands begin to adopt ‘activists’ to promote the good causes that they support as part of their service to their customers?
The “défithon “ is an initiative within the annual Telethon event broadcasted on national television in France. It aims to collect donations for a muscular disease called myopathy. The challenge for 2011 invited both sufferers of the disease and celebrities to push their boundaries. To get to see one of the participants fulfil their challenge, web users have to pay anywhere between 50 and 20,000 euros as a donation contribution. For example, for 50 euros, you can watch a myopathy patient going across a city dressed up as a sumo wrestler.
YES! magazine developed a campaign for girls aged 13-18 with the message “Differentiate through good causes”. If they send an SMS and buy a badge, the money raised contributed towards the treatment of a sick child.