Red Nose DaySimon Ralph
Red Nose Day
“Do something funny for money”…brilliant.
And now, this year, “Make your face funny for money”…even more brilliant…
After all, everyone loves a good laugh, don’t they?
Comic Relief seems to have got this right. The pitch, the flavour, the quality. Red Nose day really has become a national institution. It is the day which takes place every two years when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work. Everyone is included, and no place is left out. On this day there is a “fantastic night of TV, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously”.
Red Nose Day was created back in the eighties to help people living tough lives across the UK and Africa. It aims to bring about “real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice”.
This is quite a vision. Especially as greed has taken over man’s minds at the price of human suffering.
They say that the level of a civilisation can be measured by its lowest member.
According to this statement, we are completely uncivilised!
Change is the only definite, and it’s with this awareness that we can tackle poverty. It has to change!
The fact is, laughter breaks down barriers. It traverses gender, age, class and background. It is a universal language. Whether in sound, form, or thought. It’s the language of the smile, the grin. The language of the eyes, the crinkled up forehead and a beaming face. Humour defuses tension, releases pressure and installs hope in humanity. It is the life force of entertainment and a welcome source of relief, it’s the oil that lubricates and soothes the mind, which relaxes the body, energising the soul.
Chortling, howling, smirking, side-splitting, downright self-wetting laughter. It’s the antidote for depression, and the fuel of well-being.
This is such a breath of fresh air, to see humour being used to generate money that can go to helping people in the form of charity. I love the concept that this money is shared through “grants to incredible projects on the ground that work to give people a leg up, not a hand out”. After all the world is becoming far too serious isn’t it? This is a way to have a laugh and do ‘good’ at the same time, multi-tasking in a way. But really, the two things should be combined always, don’t you think?
This is the time of year that you can see billboard advertisements everywhere that are funny, light, and to be honest, make you giggle. It’s the time of year that, if you follow the media, and let’s face it, it’s hard not to these days, that you may just as well spontaneously start to lol, (that’s ‘laugh out loud’ to anyone that doesn’t subscribe to frantic texting with lightning fast and razor sharp thumbs on a hand-held device)
Not sure if you may have noticed, but most of the news we get forced upon us these days is generally ‘Bad News’! How many times have you ever turned on the News and seen a beautiful flow of delightful, joyous, uplifting scenes and images that make you laugh. Well, Comic Relief is a bit of ‘Good News’ for once. It’s a push in the right direction. It is a way we can help each other to unite, in this world of separation and division, for a good cause, by making our faces funny for money’.
My feeling is that we are all in this together, the world and its situations, I mean. When we are creative in our thoughts, words and actions, we can influence the mind-set of selfishness and greed that seems to be prevalent in the world at the moment, in a positive way, transforming it into generosity and abundance, and so make that change that is needed from the inside out.
Because it is only when I change myself, that the world around me changes.
‘Respect’ to the creativity of the Comic Relief Team, to their inspiration and their vision, and not only that, but respect to the way they are making the change.
Through a good laugh.