Newest Review: ... fitting for the programme. Michael McIntyre was also being his usual self with a few cheesy jokes about the phone number being to dona... more
Can you spare 5000 dooyoo miles?
Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in general
Member Name: jrh2
Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in general
Advantages: money used to help others
On Christmas Day 1985, whilst at a Sudan refugee camp, Comic Relief was launched. They realised something had to be done to help those in famine in Ethiopia. In order to do so they asked British comedians to make people laugh for money. This all went to those desperately in need in Africa and those here in the UK.
In 1988 the first Red Nose Day was aired on the BBC with comedians and charity events raising money for those in need. On the first Red Nose Day a massive £15 million was raised and benefited those in need.
In 2001 Comic Relief launched Sports Relief. This is now alternate years with Red Nose Day and instead of 'do something funny for money', people are encouraged to do sports instead whilst still raising money for charity. Red Nose Day is every odd numbered year whilst Sports Relief is even. Sports Relief also funds those in need in Africa and the UK.
Red Nose Day urges people to 'do something funny for money' and schools, work places and communities oblige every year raising millions of pounds.
Most schools and work places across the UK contribute to the raisings by doing charity events. I used to love Red Nose Day at school because we always had fun. We would pay a pound to wear mufti or something red, have cake sales, throw sponges at teachers, and many more activities whilst wearing our red noses. Whilst at secondary school we had the opportunity to pay to leave the last lesson and participate in money raising activities.
Another way they raise money is through the tv programmes. They seem to have Red Nose Day specials for everything. Already I have watched Lets Dance for Comic Relief, Pointless Red Nose Day Special and the Great British Bake Off Red Nose Day Special and it's not even Red Nose Day yet. Along with the main Red Nose Day programme, which lasts hours, they encourage viewers to vote and text donations.
As part of the fundraising celebrities are encouraged to do challenging activities which they wouldn't usually do. Some of these have included climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking across a desert and hosting the first 24 hour panel show. These are always supported by the British public and raise amazing amounts of money.
My favorite person to watch around Red Nose Day and Sports Relief is Helen Skelton as she completes the hardest challenges but is never willing to let the charity down. As part of Blue Peter she completes a challenge every year to raise money for Comic Relief. This has included a 78 mile marathon in Namibia completing it with 15 minutes spare of 24 hours and the London marathon weeks after. Kayaking the whole 2010 miles of the Amazon river alone, from Peru to Brazil. Tightrope walking across 150 metres between the chimneys at the battersea power stations, whilst 66 metres high in the air. Last year she cycled 329 miles to the south pole. This year she has a 'magnificent seven' challenge which includes getting a picture featured in the radio times, starring in two musicals in one night, getting a goal in rugby, walking across a tightrope over a river whilst being hit with sponges, gunge, feathers and a big fan machine and some others which haven't been announced yet. She has raised a lot of money for the charity and has proven to be very determined to succeed.
Red Nose Day also sell merchandise to raise money which is now nearly anything, from books to t-shirts to bags. The most well known has to be the red nose. When I wore them at Primary School I remember a plastic nose which was really hard and pinched your nose, they are now softer and made from foam but very hard to breathe from. The red noses change each Red Nose Day. They started as a plastic red ball, have grown arms, hair, eyes and noses, become pirates and now they are diNOSEsaurs. This year there is Dinomite, with his mouth wide open and teeth showing, T-Spec, with closed mouth and glasses, and Triceytops, very cute with a small nose and eyes. I have T-Spex. They can be bought by a donation. Each red nose includes a paper with some jokes and pictures of the other noses.
In the UK the money raised helps people who have issues with mental health and alcohol, domestic abuse and violence, sexual abuse, the elderly and young carers.
The money is used in Africa by helping those living in urban slums, with HIV and aids, helping them cope with the climate and helping them trade and young children with vaccinations to help them with health.
Since 1985 Comic Relief has raised over £800 million from both charity events. This is a fantastic charity which deserves all the money it can get to help those disadvantaged both here, in the UK, and other poorer countries. I have just donated £5 worth of dooyoo miles to Comic Relief, will you do the same?
Summary: Do something funny for money