Social Issues December 25, 2012
BEST OF 2012: Our Top 5 Charity & Social Issue Videos Of The Year


They say the holidays are time for giving. So, what better time to bring you our top five charity and social issue videos of the year.

There's something for everyone here - comedy, honesty, compassion, moustaches and zombies.

Enjoy and click the links to visit the original posts.

Chris O'Dowd & Topless Female Trampolinists

To raise awareness about male breast cancer, Irish actor Chris O'Dowd starred in a comedy video as the man with the Best Job In The World.

The Bridesmaids star played Lars Larson - the health and safety officer for 'The Topless Female Trampolining World Championships.'

Nick Offerman In Mid-Movember: It Gets Fuller

As part of the annual Movember campaign, Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation did a couple of PSA's.

In this one, for mid-Movember, Offerman encourages guys who were having trouble growing their 'stache to be patient.

Movember is all about raising awareness around prostate cancer and men's mental health.

For the second year in a row, Canada raised more money than any other country - over $37 million.

The RCMP: It Gets Better

The RCMP in British Columbia put together this video as part of the It Gets Better campaign.

The video features 20 LGBT Mounties, who share their stories about understanding their sexuality, coming out, being bullied and discriminated against, and ultimately finding their way in life.

The RCMP is the largest police force to take part in the campaign.

Africa For Norway

In this spoof video, a Norwegian group calling itself 'Radi-Aid' calls on all Africans to donate radiators to help Norway's freezing children survive the cold winter.

The point is to make people see there's more to Africa than hunger, poverty and disease.

"Imagine if every person in Africa saw the "Africa for Norway" video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway," the group says. "What would they think about Norway?"

Heart & Stroke Foundation With Zombies

The Heart & Stroke Foundation created this video with the help of Canadian horror director Vincenzo Natali.

The video - '#TheUndeading' - features a woman running through a barren city, unable to escape the wrath of zombies. Trapped in an alley, she collapses from a heart attack, and the zombies come to her rescue.

The goal is to show younger people how simple CPR is to learn and how it could save a life.

Related stories

Charity Ad Campaign For Haiti Puts First World Problems Into Perspective

Zack Galifianakis And Friends On The Future Of AIDS

Flight Of The Conchords Reunite For Children's Charity



Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are pre-moderated/reviewed and published according to our submission guidelines.