Athletes participate in a GAVI fun run for Sport Relief on 17 March in Washington, DC. Photo credit: GAVI/David Ferreira/2012
London, 19 March 2012 – Comic Relief, the hugely popular UK charity, is gearing up for a marathon of events over the next week as part of its Sport Relief fundraising campaign, with a portion of the proceeds going toward child immunisation through the GAVI Alliance.
The events will culminate in Sport Relief Weekend, beginning Friday 23 March, showcased through the BBC’s Sport Relief TV, a live entertainment and comedy show that will run throughout the weekend.
This will be followed by athletic events across the UK and globally, in which more than one million men, women and children are expected to run one, three or six miles to raise money for immunisation and other causes.
Comic Relief’s campaign for immunisation has been building for months, including:
“I’m absolutely blown away. That money is going to change lives,” Bishop said of the donations toward his efforts. This followed a trip to Sierra Leone arranged by GAVI, which he described as among the most humbling experiences of his life.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And on behalf of all those who will benefit from the money, thank you from the bottom of their hearts too.”
For more information about this week’s events, visit Sport Relief.