Sport Relief day is coming up and to raise money, many schools are setting up activities to raise money for the big day. It is a charity event from Comic Relief (in association with BBC Sport), which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. Since last Sports Relief, the money raised has treated over 900,000 people across Africa with anti-malarial drugs, helped over 3.4 million people in Africa through maternal, neonatal and child health funding and helped more than 50,000 people in the UK living with a mental health problem.
Comic Relief teamed up with the newly established sport relief initiative in 2002 and alternates with Sport Relief, airing every second year in March. The first Sport Relief show was presented by Gary Lineker, Ulrika Jonsson, Jamie Theakston and Clare Balding and included Stephen Fry hosting a special edition of They Think it’s a Question of Sport. Overall, Comic Relief has raised more than £220 million, two thirds of which has gone towards projects in Africa, with the rest helping UK organisation.
Longsands Academy has many eager students to help the cause who will be getting hands on with different sports activities, bake sales and a non-school uniform day, where the students will be dressing up in different sports gear. One student, Chloe, has been encouraged to dress as a tennis player and says ‘it is very important because it’s donated to charity’, as well as Shyla quoting, ‘it’s an important event as we have the opportunity to help those who need it and don’t have the accessibility to sports like us .’
A teacher from the academy, Mr Hewitt, stated how he is getting involved in the event. ‘I am taking part in a dodgeball match with some other teachers from the academy, as I think it will be an appealing opportunity for my form to see me being hit in the face with a ball!’.
Some Year Eights, Ella and Kieran, had the idea to ‘promote the event on social media’ meaning that more of their friends will know about the good cause, as well as other schools. Their year ‘are dressing up in tennis gear’.
Niamh, Jacob, Kendal and Joe all agree that there are so many activities that you can do to make a difference. Rima suggested an idea; ‘to encourage other schools, we could arrange a competition to see who raises the most money’.
Aside from schools, many celebrities are getting involved too. This includes BBC’s radio one Greg James, who is pushing himself to the limit by climbing three of the highest mountains in the UK and cycling the distance between them. Of course, there is the Sport Relief Bake Off, where people like, Harry Hill, Perri Kiely, Allen Carr, Stacey Solomon and Ricky Wilson, are joining in the effort to raise money. Zoe Ball also did her part for Sport Relief, when she cycled 350 miles in five days from her birthplace in Blackpool to Brighton, where she currently lives.
Another sportsman that is helping to raise money for Sport Relief is Tom Daley, who will be setting Daley challenges for pupils! These include, Hula Hoop Monday, Skip-a-Thon Tuesday, Wet Wednesday, Boogie Thursday and Footie Friday.
There are many ways that you can get involved in this important event, such as downloading the Sport Relief app, where you get join in the Nation’s Billion Step Challenge, get exclusive celebrity content, compete in leagues with friends and colleagues and stay up to date with all the Sport Relief action. You can also get fundraising with your school or community, whether it’s a cake sale, a fun run or any other creative ideas.
By Kirstyn, Niamh and Milly (Year 8)