Red Nose Day
Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia. In subesequent years the charity has gone from strength to strength and now operates wherever the need is great and it sponsors and supports a number of UK based initiatives. The highlights of Comic Relief's appeal are the Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March, alternating with it's sister project; Sport Relief. Comic Relief is one of the two high profile telethon events held in the United Kingdom, the other being Children in Need, held annually in November. Red Nose Day is often treated as a semi-holiday, for example, many schools have non-uniform days and many workplaces encourage staff to dress in red to raise sponsorship.