Comic Relief 2017 (24th March)

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty.
Comic Relief works all year round to help make their vision a reality. And in the years since they started out in 1985, with the support of some remarkable people, they’ve achieved amazing things and raised over £1 billion.

The Comic Relief Mission

To drive positive change through the power of entertainment. Since first setting up shop in 1985, they’ve been doing three main things:
  • Two big campaigns: We raise millions of pounds, mainly through our two big fundraising campaigns: Red Nose Day and Sport Relief.
  • Tackling poverty and injustice: We spend the money raised to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world.
  • Raising awareness: We use the power and influence of our brand to raise awareness of issues where we feel we can make the biggest impact.
 

The difference they’ve made

  • Rights for disabled people: We were the first major grant maker to focus on supporting disabled people to speak for themselves. Our work to address this contributed to a huge change in government policy (1995 Disability Discrimination Act) and a new set of long-overdue rights for disabled people in the UK.
  • Land rights: In 1996, a landmark legal case ruled that land, seized under apartheid in South Africa, be returned to the people of Elandskloof. We’re proud to have played a part in that momentous case by helping to fund the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa which, along with the Surplus People project, represented the community.
  • Elder abuse: Elder abuse, tragically, does happen behind closed doors. To highlight the issue, we worked with the BBC to make a drama called ‘Dad’. Then, together with the Department of Health, we funded the first ever elder abuse prevalence study which contributed to the government implementing new procedures to protect older people.
 

Right, who’s up for a laugh?

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March. For ways to help make the world a better place, simply by enjoying yourself, find a fundraising idea. For more ideas visit the Red Nose Day website.

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