________________________ Comic & Sport Relief
What is Comic Relief?
Comic Relief is a British charity. It was originally founded by British comedy screenwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in 1985, in response to the famine in Ethiopia at the time. The organisation aims to raise money and awareness for charitable causes all around the world, with the vision of “a just world, free from poverty”. The idea behind Comic Relief was originally to make people laugh while raising money for good causes. In support of the charity, a Red Nose Day event has been held every two years. This involves a live television broadcast featuring a host of comedians and celebrities.
What does Comic Relief do?
Comic Relief raises money in order to provide assistance to poor and disadvantaged people around the world. With the money raised from the telethon and other Red Nose Day events, it gives financial support to numerous charities in the form of grants. Some of the causes funded include preventing violence against women, fighting child poverty, and supporting better mental health. Some other examples from the past few years include:
funding charities that help children who have experienced the death of a parent, brother or sister;
helping older people who may need daily care and company;
supporting children who look after a disabled parent and raise support for young carers;
raising money to help charities around the world to put an end to poverty;
providing money for people to have exciting days out;
helping to fund play groups and support groups where people are able to come together and talk to each other.
What is Sport Relief?
As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. All the money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.
When is Sport Relief?
In 2002, Comic Relief teamed up with BBC Sport to create Sport Relief. This was a new initiative aimed at uniting the sports community and culminating in a fundraising program on BBC One. This would feature a variety of entertainment and sports personalities. Many fundraisers get sponsored for Sport Relief, and go the extra mile by organising sports tournaments, quizzes and challenges to raise even more cash all over the country.
Sport Relief took place biennially, alternating years with Red Nose Day.
How do we support these fundraising events at Riverside Bridge School?
Annually Riverside Bridge School held an all-day Comic and Sport Relief event to help raise money for charity and to give the pupils an opportunity to enjoy sport while having fun at school.
This year the pupils took part in various events including indoor Curling, face mask making, Boccia, wellness activities and Penalty Shoot-outs.
Well done to everyone who dressed in red attire or costumes to celebrate the day and gain extra house points.