The Rainforest Foundation UK will be hosting an exclusive public auction of one-off gifts which have been donated by celebrities, luxury labels and esteemed brands to raise funds to protect the world’s rainforests this Christmas.

The 12 Days of Christmas, an online auction now celebrating its third year, will kick-off on the 13th November 2012, running until 25th November 2012. The auction is hosted by Ebay and can be found at www.ebay.co.uk/12days.

As well as several surprises, auction lots currently include: An autographed Signature Series Precision Bass Guitar from Sting, a London 2012 t-shirt signed by Olympic medalists (including Tom Daley, Nicola Adams, the Brownlee brothers and more) provided by Professional Sport Group, a three-course lunch for two at the OXO Tower Restaurant, tickets for award winning London shows including Dreamboats & Petticoats, Sleeping Beauty and Shrek, tickets to see Sting live in Singapore, exclusive London Fashion Week items from Saloni, VASSILISA and Begg Scotland, a Bern Watts Matte snowsports helmet, a Blur 21 Vinyl box set and signed items from Hobbit and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen, Grease songstress Olivia Newton-John and London 2012 medallists Richard Whitehead, Rebecca Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne! Plus limited edition signed prints from Rob Ryan, Al Murphy, Barnaby Ward and Polly Morgan! And a very rare signed proof from one of the UK’s top artists Dan Baldwin! This collector’s proof is of a limited edition print due to be launched at Christie’s Multiplied next week, and comprises 35 layers of silkscreen, diamond dust, satin glaze, embossing, silver leaf, gold leaf and glow in the dark ink!

The Rainforest Foundation UK was founded in 1989 by Sting and Trudie Styler, after they saw first-hand the impact the destruction of the Amazon rainforests had on the Kayapo Indians’ way of life. This sparked the Foundation’s first campaign which, in 1993, resulted in the protection of 27,359 km² of indigenous peoples’ land. The Foundation has expanded and diversified since, and has worked in more than 20 countries to date towards the mission of “supporting indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest to protect their rainforest homes and fulfill their rights to land, life and livelihood”.

Deforestation and the destruction of rainforests are major contributing factors in the build-up of CO2 emissions and the warming of our planet. The main focus of the Rainforest Foundation UK is to protect and save the natural resources of the rainforests by working with those who know the forest best – indigenous peoples and traditional forest dwellers. By supporting them, the Foundation is taking a major step forward in the battle to combat climate change. Instead of purchasing land or conserving forests purely for their biodiversity-value, the Rainforest Foundation adopts a right-based approach and promotes the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of problems related to deforestation and paving the way for fair benefit sharing from forest resources.

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