Fact of the day: 10th March

On this day in 1989 the Second Red nose day was held on Friday 10 March 1989 with the Slogan: “Red Nose Day 2”, and Raised £27million.

Comic Relief was launched live on Noel Edmonds’ Late, Late Breakfast Show on BBC1, on Christmas Day 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan. The idea for Comic Relief came from the noted charity worker Jane Tewson, who established it as the operating name of Charity Projects, a registered charity in England and Scotland.

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”.

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One of the fundamental principles behind working at Comic Relief is the “Golden Pound Principle” where every single donated pound is spent on charitable projects. All operating costs, such as staff salaries, are covered by corporate sponsors, or interest earned on money waiting to be distributed.

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; BT provides the telephony, and Sainsbury’s sells merchandise on behalf of the charity. Since the charity was launched in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £750 million.

It is a great charity and Red Nose Day brings everyone together. From celebrities to the people who have benefited from Comic Relief.

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