THIS Friday – March 15, 2019 – people from across the UK will be coming together for Red Nose Day to raise money for vulnerable communities both at home and internationally.
Here are some great ideas to get the kids involved on this exciting fundraising day.
What is Comic Relief?
Comic Relief is a British charity founded in 1985 by comedy writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry.
The charity was established in response to famine in Ethiopia, and was launched on Noel Edmonds’ Late, Late Breakfast Show on BBC1on Christmas Day 1985 live from a refugee camp in Sudan.
The highlight of Comic Relief’s fundraising calendar is Red Nose Day, which is held in alternating years with sister fundraiser Sport Relief.
On February 8, 1988, Lenny Henry went to Ethiopia and celebrated the very first Red Nose Day Telethon.
More than 150 celebrities and comedians participated and the event raised £15million, with 30 million people turning in on BBC1.
The charity states that its aim is to “bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which we believe requires investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice”.
Currently, its main supporters are the BBC, BT, Sainsbury’s supermarket chain and British Airways.
The BBC is responsible for the live television extravaganza on Red Nose Day while BT provides the telephony and Sainsbury’s sells merchandise on behalf of the charity.
What are some games and activities kids can play to get involved?
Nose and Spoon race
Just like the egg and spoon races of our childhoods, the nose and spoon race is exactly what it sounds like.
For this game, you will need a red nose that can be purchased in the supermarket and a spoon, and you’re all set.
Head to the starting line, put one hand behind your back and try and get to the finish without dropping your red nose because if you do, you have to start all over again.
This game is far cleaner than it sounds – all you need is a bowl with a few red noses in and a few chopsticks or a wooden spoon.
Use one of the chopsticks or wooden spoon like a fishing rod to try and grab the red noses from their slits – it’s trickier than it sounds!
You have 30 seconds and whoever grabs the most wins.
How many noses in the jar?
As it says in the title there, fill a jar with lots of red noses and get the kids to guess how many there are. Simple!
Once everyone’s guesses are in, tip the jar out and the closest guess wins.
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Nose in the hole
Grab a large lid from a cardboard box and cut out three to five large holes in it – bigger than the size of the red nose.
Number the holes and get the kids to toss the red noses into the holes, totting up their posts from the numbered holes.
The highest score wins.