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Comic Relief 2019

Red Nose Day 2019 is going to be held on Friday 15th March. But…does anyone actually know what Comic Relief is?

Comic Relief raises millions of pounds yearly through two big fundraising campaigns – Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, which are alternated each year. This money is used to tackle the roots of poverty and social injustice. The campaigns also give charities the power to raise awareness of their causes.

Money raised is used in the UK and internationally for vulnerable people and communities. The money raised during the event is added together and used to give grants to thousands of charities. However, the money isn’t given in one large sum but instead allocated over a period of two years. This ensures that charities are frequently given money and Comic Relief are able to be updated on how the money is being used. While the cash is waiting to be paid out, they invest the pennies wisely. It’s the return from those investments that helps to pay the running costs. This means you can be sure that all the money given is spent on helping people.

'Farhad’s Story: Farhad is 12, and lives with his parents and two brothers in the Krnjaca refugee camp, in Serbia. It houses more than 600 refugees. Farhad’s father fled Taliban control in Afghanistan as a young man, settling in Iran where he raised his family. Farhad was forced to discard his pencils and sketch paper, possessions that were very precious to him crossing from Iran to Turkey. In the Krynjaca camp, Farhad heard about a project where young people could go and learn a little. It was run by the Refugee Foundation Serbia, and it is supported by Comic Relief via a grant to Help Refugees. Farhad first visited the project at Christmas, and staff were sharing gifts with the children. Over time, the staff realised he had a great talent for art and gave him some colouring pencils and paper so he could draw once again. They helped him learn the Serbian alphabet and English. The staff would occasionally take him and some other young people on day trips to the mountains or on a picnic.'

Comic Relief helps children to survive and strive; it provides safe places for people to live; it fights for gender equality and also promoting positive mental health. Last year, Sport Relief 2018 raised a jaw dropping £38,195,278 with the help of generous donations and fundraising from people worldwide.

This year for Red Nose Day 2019, many people are getting involved in fundraising. There is a Red Nose Day shop in which people can buy exclusive merchandise. Alongside this, many big superstores are selling Red Nose merchandise at reasonable prices.

· Radio 1’s 24-hour LOL-a-thon is back. DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark will be attempting to host the funniest ever 24 hour broadcast to raise money for Red Nose Day.

· On 11-12 March 2019 Claudia Winkleman & Tess Daly will be attempting the longest ever celebrity Danceathon in Red Nose Day history.

· Kilimanjaro: The return- A new group of famous faces are coming together for Red Nose Day 2019 to conquer Africa’s highest mountain and help Comic Relief transform lives in the UK and internationally.

At All Saints’ Academy, to help beat last years huge total, we are running a Musical Medley on Friday 15th March, 6pm in which students will be singing songs from their favourite musicals and perform them to a paying audience.

 

By Shana, Olly and Chantae