“ Comic Relief was launched in 1985 from a refugee camp in Safawa, Sudan. Since then, over £174 million has been raised primarily through Red Nose Days, for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people across the UK and Africa. They are committed to supporting long-term projects, helping people to help themselves. It's about giving people a leg up not a hand out. They also aim to tackle the root causes of poverty by raising awareness around some of the key issues, such as unfair terms of trade and debt relief • What are your views on Comic Relief? Are you running any events? How can people get involved? And don't forget to tell us about your favourite Comic Relief moments. „
So with the recent comic relief passing with some fantastic amounts of money has been raised from various events, donation tables and what not, as another comic relief comes to a close.
This year though for some reason, I haven't seen as many donation tables or events, and whilst the BBC did raise more money this year I can't say I've seen the same awareness this year. Normally it's everywhere in schools, supermarkets, the workplace and what not but I actually found it hard to donate this year, as there were considerably less people about taking donations.
It was a little more high profile this year, as quite a lot of famous people took part in raising money like Jessie J and even Chris Evans on radio 2 did an introduction and phone call to Peter Kay who was doing the sit on his arse for money challenge. Great idea.
Comic relief does help a lot of people and does raise awareness of how lucky we are to live in the western world, as "rich" westerners. That's because while there is a recession on and many people have fallen on hard time (me included) seeing the 3rd world where you don't even know if your children are going to live past the age of 5, or even be healthy and AIDS free is certainly a lot worse.
It really opens your eyes as to how lucky you are and what you have in your life. We have stresses yes, but I can bet one of them isn't a staggeringly high infant mortality rate.
I think it's absolutely fantastic that everyone gets together and raises some money for comic relief and even if it is just to raise awareness rather than money, that's helping and really bringing it all together.
You don't have to raise money, instead just informing people about the children in Africa who have malaria, AIDS and the like is enough to put it in the minds of people, so they donate later, or if they can't afford to donate then at least they know what goes on for these poor kids.
So this year I haven't seen a lot of awareness or donating but actually a lot of money was raised, over £10m just on the BBC phone to donate part so I do wonder how much tables and events across the UK raised. I very much look forward to the next comic relief, although I do hope more places to donate will be about.
Comic relief has spawned a means of collaborating communities together to aid those less fortunate, Lenny Henry got a career back and those in poverty got a meal, the commitment of people to this charity is outstanding, no other charity does what Comic Relief has done for those across the world, it takes you away from the segregation and oppression of third world countries and opens your eyes through humor to the things we take for granted and the things we have come to take and do at ease, the fact we expect so much from our society and government is disgusting when we see that we have 'nothing' and they need 'everything'. The hilarity of events is phenomenal as we are brought together through such simple things as wearing red noses on the specified day, all together Comic Relief does more for the world as people are more inclined to involved themselves when there is humour, is the best medicine.
I think any review of red nose day should be leaning more to the posotive. A ound of applause to the thousands of people that took time out of their lives to help those in need.
To be perfectly honest, I do not watch the TV show that they air on the BBC. The overly happy and cheerful celebrities who go on just wind me up, but that doen't take away from the underlining cause.
Comic relief helps people from England and Africa. It helps those in desperate situations to gain more from life. For example, comic relief sponsers street children in Africa who have lost their parents to HIV, AIDS and various other diseases and circumstances, to go to school. It helps children in England who care for sick or disabled parents to keep part of their childhood. Comic Relief has helped people reach into their communities so that they are not alone.
Alot of us are blesses with happy, healthy succsessful lives. Even if for one day out of the whole year we could sacrafice something to help othes. That could be your pride (by getting splattered in paint) watching your favourite soaps and watch the show instead, or even monay for a drink at the pub and instead pop it in donations box. As the saying goes, every little helps.
Gor more information on donating, or to find out more about what Comic Releif does for people in your community or abroad go to:
Not everyone is as lucky as you or I, so to make a small difference to a big cause, did a little deeper.
Thanks for reading.
Comic relief is a nationwide charity event that is shown on tv. Lots of the public do their own comic relief to raise money including skydives, sitting in tubs of baked beans, shaving their hair and other silly things.
As long I as can remember I have watched comic relief. A rare friday night in this year it caught me by surprise, as I didnt quite know which friday it was on.
I sat there with my mood being raised to hysterical laughing right back down to near hysterical crying. The worst video was when Fern Cotton went to a hospital to see children suffering with malaria and she fainted. She was part of the team that climed Mount Kilamanjaro and reached the summit. I was very impressed to see Chris Moyles also in the team, as he has a reputation for being a bit of a beer drinking slob. He has lost loads of weight for it and on the excursion.
Some of the comedy clips were quite funny. I enjoyed the mamma mia rendition written by French and Saunders. I always enjoy their sketches. I also liked the Apprentice which was very funny and had some good characters including Ruby Wax.
They raised an awful lot of money to buy anti malaria equipment including mosquito nets, which cost around £5 each, and can save lives when used over night. It will also help hospitals with equipment and medicine to treat malaria.
I donated my £5 and hopefully some child in africa will have a nice net to sleep in.
I can't quite remember the first time I heard of Comic Relief, but since learning of it's biannual Friday night feature long program raising money of children around the world, I've never missed it.
This year I was saddened by the stories of children dying from malaria out in Africa, and felt compelled to donate some money to aid the projects. Every year the Friday night of fun reminds us of how people less fortunate than ourselves are having to cope with a difficult life.
What's great about Comic Relief is the innovative ideas that are thought up to raise as much money as possible, the charity team up with schools, with supermarkets and banks to spread the word, and make it as easy as possible for people to donate what they can.
Sainsbury's, Oxfam and TKMaxx stand out from the crowd as the three stores that sell merchandise; from the classic red noses, to designed T-shirts from the elusive fashion world.
This year Comic Relief, along with mobile phone operators made it even easier to donate. Texting 'Yes' to 66609 donated £5 to their cause, buying a mosquito net for a child in Africa. Yes it's that easy. The service provides took nothing from this donation which added to the generosity.
In addition, this year Gary Barlow along with eight fellow celebrities climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of the cause - and how much did they raise? Around £3.5 million!
But, it's not just these celebrities that help out, The Saturday's released the Comic Relief single this year; 'Just Can't Get Enough' which made it to number two last week, and the cast of hit UK TV show Gavin and Stacy, made number one today with 'Islands in the Stream'.
I didn't get the final sum last night but there are talks of a record breaking £57 million raised. It's amazing that people have digged so deep this year considering the crisis we are currently in, but it just shows there are good people out their who realise they are very fortunate.
Lets hope that Comic Relief continues for many many years to come.
Comic Relief has been around for 23 years now which is some going for the annual charity fund raising event where the money is split between charities in this country and also Africa as well, it used to be the one time of the year where Lenny Henry got to be on our TV screens however now he has his Premier Inn advert to keep him in the public eye.
Comic Relief is always on a Friday and the main focus is the TV show on the Friday night which is a mix of sketches and appeals clips as well as updates on the level of fund raising and how things are going. This year one of the highlights was Smithy from Gavin and Stacey doing a pep talk to the England football team, they tried to keep a straight face but the minute he did his first insult of Peter Crouch they all started laughing. The Gavin and Stacey team also produced the other major fund raiser this year in the form of the number one single and with weekly sales of 5.5 million wil have raised £5 million pounds to the good causes. The other highlight for me was the Apprentice episode and the wonderfully droll Rupert Everitt.
What is impressive is the way that the whole concept has stayed fresh and even if you do not always agree with the way they use the money you cannot really knock the way people from all walks of life get involved to help others less fortunate than themselves.
Comic Relief is a BBC made group of television broadcasts established in 1985 with the purpose of raising money through public and company donations. Since 1985 it has raised over 600 million pounds for good causes.
It has a main television broadcast that is typically shown from early evening right through to the wee small hours and features a multitude of celebrity comedy, singing and entertainment acts from the world of show business. This year in 2009 the main broadcast is on Friday 13th of March from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. with a short break for the BBC News.
There are also some other Comic Relief broadcasts shown on the Thursday before and the Saturday and Sunday afterwards.
Much of the entertainment content of the show consists of pre filmed Comic Relief specially adapted versions of existing successful comedy shows and of other popular TV shows, plus some hybrid or made up sketch shows featuring usually unseen combinations of comedy performers.
Interspersed into the show are moving, touching films hosted by various celebrities, filming them at some of the projects that Comic Relief money is helping to set up and/or sustain. Many of these projects are in African countries and some are in the UK.
Sainsbury's supermarket chain plays a big role in helping the cause by offering their outlets to sell Comic Relief merchandise from and not charging anything for these facilities.
There are a huge number of Comic Relief projects going on all over the country in schools and various organisations and in thousands of companies that all contribute donations to the Comic Relief kitty.
Throughout the week end people also donate from the comfort of their armchairs. Comic Relief has set a target of £40M for this year so let's hope it gets there.
Today is the day that school children all over the UK have been having "non-uniform" days, hair has been sprayed red, and celebrities will be on our television for 8 hours this evening providing us with entertainment that varies between downright hilarious, and just a little bit cringeworthy! Yes, the bi-annual fundraiser that is Comic Relief is here again!
Comic relief began in 1985, and takes the format every couple of years of Comedians and Celebrities encouraging ordinary folk to part with their money in return for being provided with an evenings worth of comedy and the chance to do something "funny" in the name of charity. The resultant cash, and there is millions of it, is divided - 40% going to UK charity, and 60% to provide Aid to Africa.
Many people will have a view on whether we should be asked to dip into our pockets and provide yet more cash for these projects, and whether political parties, here and abroad, could and should do more or do things differently, and that is quite possibly a subject for a whole different review, probably in "speaker's corner".
On a day like today, we will see celebs "at their best" - giving up their time, and making a fool of themselves, in the interests of helping others. They all say that they do it for free, and I have nothing to say otherwise, and I am sure they enjoy the positive publicity that they get from doing such a deed, but usually you can see that they are actually, genuinely enjoying themselves, and that means that the comedy element is even better - remember Tony Blair in his sketch with Katherine Tate last time round, or Ali G with the Beckhams, and Robbie Williams in Little Britain, being a Laydee!
But Comic Relief is not just about one day - celebs have been working on it for months - a whole team have just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, not just a feat in itself, but the training that some of them have put in was a big commitment! Celebrities doing "The Apprentice", celebrity Dance competitions and the like have provided us with great entertainment over the weeks.
Tonight's TV will see a whole host of sketches, glitches, and musical treats, and generally provides a good opportunity to sit on the sofa, with a bottle of wine, the kids and some popcorn and have a right good giggle.
BUT, don't forget the serious side - this is all about raising money for charity, and we will be reminded many times during the course of the night that the idea is for us to part with our cash. Of course, the causes are very worthy, and I know that a relatively small amount of my cash can help save a family from malaria in Africa, or to give a child-carer a much needed day's break in the UK........and now I am starting to sound like a Grumpy old Woman.....but I sometimes feel the pressure to donate......and I have not always been able to do so, yet have been made to feel that "they are worse off than me so of course I should donate".........Take today, for example......I have not got a single penny in my bank account and it is 10 days until payday. My overdrafts are up to the max and I still need to find bus fare for my daughter to get to college next week. But yet I still needed to find a pound each for non uniform day, to sponsor a neighbour's daughter for her sponsored silence, to pay £2 at work for not wearing a suit (even though I still did because I had important clients to see), 50p for a cake or a biscuit at work, £2 for a sweepstake in the office, where the winner gets half the "pot" of £30 - woo, this could be my saving grace, but then reading the email further down I saw that they hoped that whoever won, would donate their winnings back to comic relief........no pressure there then...!
Anyway, by the time I get to sit on my sofa to watch the entertainment, I have somehow managed to part with a reasonable amount of money that I didn't have in the first place! I couldn't send the children to school in uniform so I didn't have to pay a pound, and I couldn't NOT buy a square in the sweepstake when everyone else had (and no, I didn't win, anyway), and even though I have given up chocolate for Lent, so didn't eat the bloomin cake, I still paid my 50p, because Lent didn't seem a good enough reason not to......so why am I already feeling guilty about the fact that I am going to benefit from entertainment without reaching for the phone to pledge more!
Surely, many people must be in the same situation.......so it amazes me year on year when so much money is raised!
But when you think about it, there are 60 million people in the UK (or thereabouts) but only £20 ish million is raised each time.......that means that the average person is donating just 35p or thereabouts........That is really quite awful! (I am editing this on 14th March to say that the total was over £57million this year, a fantastic amount! But still less than £1 per person.)
Suddenly I don't feel so guilty about the fact that I won't be donating more this evening, after all, most of the UK are presumably donating nothing!
So, enjoy the entertainment, but if you can possibly afford it, please make a donation in return......even just a pound or two, but please don't feel guilty if ALL you can afford is a pound or two.
Comic Relief is widely defined as 'a humorous episode in a serious or tragic context'. And isn't it just. Comic Relief - the charity was founded in the UK in 1985 by the great comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis. This was in response to famine in Ethiopia. Launched on Christmas day 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan. The idea came from a well known charity worker 'Jane Tewson', she was inspired the first four 'Secret Policemen's Ball' comedy benefit shows. However the first 'Red Nose Day' was held in February 1988 and raised £15 million
One of the most important principles of Comic Relief (which I didn't know until researching for this project) is the Golden Pound Principle. This means that every penny donated goes straight to people who need it. Costs such as salaries and all operating costs are paid for by sponsors (two of the main sponsors are currently the BBC and Sainsbury's).
Since launch Red Nose Day has raised over £600 million for worthwhile causes in the UK and abroad.
Comic Relief and Red Nose Day are usually held in the Spring every two years, 2009 will be the 12th event of this kind. We are encouraged to have non uniform days, get sponsored to do silly things, almost like a semi holiday. The day also includes wearing red noses, the theme for this came when a marketing exec drew a red nose in marker pen around his own nose, like a clown, they also figured that someone wearing a red nose or anything different is funny. And if it was funny, people would pay!
~What Happens On The Night?~
On 'Red Nose Day', hopefully people will be creating mayhem raising money, wearing silly clothes, sitting in baths of beans. In the afternoon CBBC will have reports relating to how well the fund raising is going and what they are doing to raise money including, one of my favourites, celebrity gunging!
It flicks between BBC 1 and 2 all night depending on when the news is on. Usually we see whatis popular on TV at the time with some old favourites, in the past we have seen turns from:-
-French & Saunders
- University Challenge
These are all 'specials' for the comic relief programme and should you want to see something, you are encouraged to get the total up to a certain point then they will show it to you, one memorable moment was Hugh Grant kissing Dawn French!
We are always blessed with some of the greatest talent in presenting on the night giving their time in need of a good cause. We always have usual BBC favourites and people who are 'in' at the time these have included
- Jonathon Ross
- Lenny Henry
- Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
- Graham Norton
- Chris Evans
- Davina McCall
- Dermot O'Leary
- Ant & Dec
The last event recorded 9 months after 'Red Nose Day' in November was a massive £67,250,099
~What To Expect This Year (TONIGHT)!~
7pm-8.30pm - David Tennant and Davina McCall
8.30pm-10pm - Jonathan Ross and Claudia Winkleman
10pm-10.30 (on BBC 2) Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates
Midnight - 1am Graham Norton
1am - 3am James Cordon & Matthew Horne
The Saturdays are providing the 'official' single called 'Just Can't Get Enough' the 'spoof' single of the year is Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon doing Islands In The Stream, there will be special editions of Harry Hill's TV Burp, The Royle Family, The Catherine Tate Show, Little Britain USA with Robbie Williams, Davina and David Tennant will go head to head in Mastermind. There will be a special episode of Gavin & Stacey and loads more to make you stay in tonight!
As usual it will be punctuated throughout the night with tales of what Comic Relief is trying to do, this could be in Africa or in the UK. Some of the stories are truly awful and very sad and might bring a tear to your eye, others might just make you pick up the phone and pledge some money! You are still taking part even if you donate your spare change.
This even makes a difference and has raised over £600m so far. Lets raise a bit more!!
First of all let me start by nailing my colours to the mast. I think the whole concept of Comic Relief is brilliant and I have the greatest admiration for what they do, how they go about it and the benefit they bring to those in the developing world; but it is not enough. We should not be relying on these well meaning people and the ever-generous British public to fund projects in these countries, we should all be paying for it in our taxes. Just to get the numbers in perspective, Comic Relief raises about £20+ million, the British overseas aid budget is in the order of £2 billion. But I repeat, it is not enough. Britain is reducing its aid budget and lagging behind, by a long way, the target level of spending on overseas aid agreed by the G7 countries. The target is 0.7% of GDP and ours is under 0.3% and falling. I have a vested interest in this subject as my current but soon to be ex-employers provide Scientists to work in the developing world helping people to get more from their crops, protect their environment, improve their health and generally benefit their lifestyle. We are a not-for-profit organisation but have recently run into losses because of cutbacks in the amount of work we are being given to do. As a result we are losing 35% of our staff soon, including yours truly. Aid needs to be increased and targetted properly and efficiently. Too much money undoubtedly ends up in the hands of corrupt politicians and glorified gun-runners. It is very difficult to deliver effective aid in the middle of a war zone. What is required is more aid for long term projects. There is no point in continually trying to raise money to combat the effects of famine or drought without ploughing in massive amounts in long term investment to try to prevent it happening again in the future. One of the main problems with any form of government funding, be it for aid or anything else, is the fact that governments do not like to think beyon
d the lifetime of the current parliament. They are scared stiff to put anything in place which their opponents might claim credit for in the future. It has to stop. The problems of Africa etc. are big and they are long-term and need long term planning and long term solutions. Perhaps what is needed is a combination of government money and Comic Relief enthusiasm, initiative and lateral thinking. If it doesn't happen there will be little relief for these people; and that's not funny.
Charity, as they say, begins at home. But not this year, this yaer I found that charity acctually begins in the book shop. Two new Harry Potter books and a new Bridget Jones book, and at a price that wont hurt the pocket. Well done Comic Relief, i hope you made a fortune from these. It seems to me, for what its worth, that Comic Relief have got it right. Everybody expects something for theie money, wether it be the books I mentioned, the badges, the noses, or any of the other hundreds of things they produce - you get something for your money, and at the same time thay make money. Even if you donate on the night, it may not seem like you are buying anything, you have nothing physical to show for your cash. But what you are buying is entertainment, on what other night of the year do you see that much comedy, that amount of (mainly British) stars. Never thats when. So, you have bought your nose (or book or whatever), youve donated you money on the night what else are you buying? A sense of well being perhaps, but more than that you are buying happiness, not for yourself because you have spent all your money and you cant go out for a month! But hapiness for the people who will recieve it, the people that cant afford it. Hell if your mate neeeds a fiver you give him it, even though you have never met them these people are your friends. Do you want to know a heart warming story? You remember the floods in Mozambeak? And how people where dying? And you donated your money? Now, do you remember the floods in Yorkshire a few months ago? Did you know they set up a charity appeal for he effected areas? No? Neither did I, but the people of Mozambeak did and, apparently, they sent a cheque worth £40. I have no confirmation that this is a true story, but my Grandmother told me and I believe her. Even if its not true its a nice thought isnt it? Here are people that are really struggling after a major disaster, and they help the people of
Yorkshire who have somewhat soggy carpets (sorry I'm playing that down a bit for dramatic effect!) You see we are all family, or if not family friends of everyone in the world. Remember a stranger is a friend youve not met yet! So please next comic relief please give generously, they only raise about the same as the prize draw fund on the lottery gets every week. Even if we all gave a pound, their funds would go through the roof. And your not going to miss that pound, cos chances are you wouldnt win the lottery anyway! Take care :)
Comic Relief (Red nose Day) is a comedy event that that is run each year to raise money for charity. It is probably one of the most popular cause for the British public to give to. The event brings out all the stars and it is usually arranged for a Friday in March. The Friday evening the BBC dedicate the whole evening to Comic relief and comedians perform for free. Comic Relief evening can be one of the highlights of the year as some of the programmes are very entertaining. The general public is encouraged to give money each year to this event and many offices around the country raise money by arranging events. This year in my office we had a dress down day and all pledged some money for the privilege of not wearing our suits. There are some more bizarre things that happen around Britain like people dressing up in costumes and collecting money. Comic Relief is my favourite entertainment charity event. There are other like Children in Need but I find the whole atmosphere in Comic Relief to be very light hearted. I think that the best way to make people feel like giving money to charity is to make them feel happy. Making people laugh puts them in a good frame of mind and they are more likely to pledge some money. Overall Comic Relief is a good idea and is also good entertainment for a Friday night.
So Red nose day/Comic relief is over and as you read this you are most likely back to work/college/university etc leading a normal life. So how many people have forgotten what it was all about? Or didn’t bother to pledge any money after friday? Well in some ways I suppose it is understandable as it is was only on main television for one evening. However we have had various events going on all week including the celebrity ‘Big brother’ which I think was the highlight of the week. All this shouldn’t really make us forget to quickly. My personal gripe on Friday was, after starting work very early I went out for lunch at appx 1.00pm, only to be confronted by people dressed in weird costumes rattling cans and buckets in front of my face for comic relief and the same when I finished work at 5.30pm. I found this a bit too much as I am a person who likes to give money in my own way and not dropping coins into a plastic bucket. I would like to add that I am not a mean person as I do raise a lot of money for my own personal children charities throughout the year by running in races/half marathons, and do not approach people in this way because all my money raising is sponsored. Still the evening was quite entertaining and effective with some shocking video clips to bring it home to us all with a few tears. There were a lot of celebrities doing their bit and even brand names getting their little bit of advertising slots in exchange for donating cheques. But the highlight of the week was the ‘Celebrity Big brother’ with a mixture of different personalities. The one person who stood out was of course the man who won it. Jack Dee. He seemed to be the only one who didn’t put on a false front, what you saw was what you got with a touch of humour, and I cannot help thinking that, had Jack Dee gone out in the first round it wouldn’t have made such compelling viewing. Because this big event is only he
ld every two years I think there should be at least a monthly update on how things are progressing with the money raised, and a request for more fund raising throughout the year. This would give people a chance throughout the rest of the year to organise events in their own time (summer fetes, fun runs, Barbecues etc) and of course help and save more needy people.
Well done comic relief on one of the best red nose days. They raised over 22.000,000 this year for charity, the best part for me was watching the celebrity big brother. Starting last friday with the six celebrities going into the big brother house. Chris Eubank, Vanessa Feltz, Claire Sweeney, Anthea Turner, Keith Duffy and Jack Dee. I don't think they really knew what they were letting themselves in for. Chris Eubank got evicted first, I'm not surprised, what an arrogant person he is!! As soon as they arrived in the house he was ordering the girls to make him a cup of tea, no wonder they got rid of him!!! Then there was vanessa she really seemed to have a hard time, and she was only in there for a few days, she lost it completely when she started to write wierd stuff on the table,incarcerated, distraught, anguished, disconsolate, crippled, fraught, lampooned, What was going on in her head? She was the next to get kicked out,she didn't like being in there, but when she was nominated to go she seemed really upset,obviously not liking the idea that anyone could actually dislike her!! who does she think she is? I've never liked her much anyway!! Then you had Jack dee, he was so funny, he actually made it worth watching, he really hated being in there, and tried to escape a couple of times before being caught and brought back. Every time there was an eviction he was praying he would go, and looked really sad when he was left in, at least he kept the others cheerful with his jokes and humour. At first I thought Claire would win this, she seemed so nice and natural, and did you hear her sing? when the group got together to make a song about big brother she was brilliant she's got a fantastic voice. I also admire Keith Duffy from Boyzone, he kept his cool throughout his stay in the house and he even missed his daughters first birthday to go in there, he seems a really nice bloke. Anthea Turner turned ou
t to be nicer than I thought, I never thought much of her before, but she is really nice and down to earth, she seemed really concerned for Vanessa, after her little outburst, she also gave Claire some expensive perfume, Claire seemed so pleased with it and wasn't going to take it but Anthea insistd after telling her she had more at home.She was always cleaning and clearing out the chickens, she even offered to go back and clean the house after they'd all gone. In the end Jack won and I really think he deserved to although I know he wanted to be the first to go he was left til last, at least it was all for a good cause,and they raised over 500,000 for comic relief, and I think the majority of the stars had a good time. well done to you all!!
There are points both for and against Comic Relief, and charities in general. I have heard it said both here on dooyoo and elsewhere that charities are not the way to improve the lives of those in the third world, as in order to give them a decent way of life, we need to do a lot more than just donate (relatively) small amounts to charity - requiring instead, larger scale efforts, such as an increase in tax. However, the way I see it is this: what we do on Comic Relief day is spend just one day in two years making a fool out of ourselves, donating a nice amount of money, and generally laughing at ourselves and others' *misfortune*. Ok, maybe the money raised might not make too much of a difference in the long term (although Comic Relief's funds do go towards long term projects), but nevertheless, they improve the lives of those on the receiving end of the fundraising, and let them know that there are people out there in the world aware of their situation, and willing to try and help them along a little bit. Is it really too much to ask to make a donation on ONE day in TWO years (that's 1 day out of 730) to help them? I'm sure you could ask any one of them whether they'd prefer immediate help, or wait a couple of years and have their lives improved for longer. Besides, what we do on Comic Relief day, most of us enjoy anyway - it is one day when people can make a right fool out of themselves, and may feel very embarrassed, but know at the same time that they are helping others, and that nothing will be held against them as everyone is aware it's all for a good cause. So come on you people who feel that in the end donating to Comic Relief is of no long-term benefit - is it really worth saving the few pounds you might donate for some longer term plan? Put yourself in the place of those in Africa etc - it means so much to them, and helps them so much in the short term that there can be no doubt that it is a good
thing. Of course, bigger scale projects are always welcome, but if there is a chance to help in anyway, we should, and why not have a bit of fun in doing it at the same time? I know I did. Roll on Comic Relief 2003.