This year Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March. Red Nose Day helps raise money and awareness of people living through tough times across the UK and Africa. The money raised helps to choose and fund projects. These projects find effective ways to tackle poverty and injustice. Since Red Nose Day was launched in 1988, they have raised over £1bn. In 2015 they raised £99,418,831.
Comic Relief (Red Nose Day and Sports Relief), helps people in the UK and internationally. 40-50% of the money raised helps people in the UK. Internationally the main focus is supporting people in Africa. However they do fund some projects in places such as Asia and Latin America.
Comic Relief is trying to work towards a world free from poverty, where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. They focus on making sure everyone is:
- Safe- Live free from violence, abuse, neglect and fear
- Healthy- Access to essential services and support, which ensures physical and emotional wellbeing
- Educated- Good quality learning that gives them skills and confidence to face the future with hope
- Empowered- Everyone has the confidence, voice and opportunity to lead the lives they choose
There are four main areas where funding is allocated to:
- Children and young people to get them ready for the future
- Empowering women and girls
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged people to improve their health and wellbeing
- Areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty to build stronger communities
Some of the money raised on Red Nose Day is used to help fight Malaria. In Africa over 250,000 children under the age of 5, are killed each year by Malaria. Since 2000 the child Malaria death rate has been reduced by 71%. This is due to the help of Red Nose Day. They have been able to give anti-malarial drugs to 90,000 children under the age of 5. Also the money raised helps to buy insecticide-treated mosquito nets, which protects a child while sleeping. One net costs £2.50.
On average, the police receive over 100 calls each hour relating to Domestic Violence. About 60% of the women who experience domestic abuse are pregnant, and on average 2 women are killed each week due to this. In 2003 Red Nose Day helped set up and fund (and still funds), the National Domestic Violence Helpline. This helpline is available 24/7, and runs in partnership with women’s aid and refuge. Comic Relief have helped over 900,000 people who has experienced domestic violence. A nights emergency accommodation and support for a family is only £20 in the UK.
For more information on the work/goals of Red Nose Day, please check out the Red Nose Day or Comic Relief websites.
To help Red Nose Day you could do a range of things. Firstly you could donate some money, whether you donate a little or a lot it will still help. Secondly, you share the donation link, and make people more aware about Red Nose Day, and the work they do. Thirdly, you could buy some of the merchandise from the Red Nose Day website. Some of the money from the merchandise goes to the Red Nose Day fund. Finally you could do some fundraising, get your friends involved to make it more fun. Here are some fundraising ideas:
- Cake sale
- Sponsored silence
- Fancy dress competition
- Give something up for a day
- Car wash
- Cut someone’s grass
- Dye or shave your hair
- Wig competition
- Sponsored run
Please do anything you can to support this great charity. I have left some links below, in case you want to check out some more information, or read some stories about the people who Red Nose Day have helped.
https://www.rednoseday.com/ -Red Nose Day
http://www.comicrelief.com/ -Comic Relief
https://www.rednoseday.com/the-difference-you-make -The Difference You Make
https://www.rednoseday.com/order-a-fundraising-kit -Fundraising Kit