Whether you live in the UK or not, you have most likely heard of Sport Relief: the annual fundraising event with sport, exercise and fun at the heart of it.

Fight Malaria’s focus is on malaria, and the challenges people face as a result of it. However, we are also aware of the other issues that the world faces today. Fight Malaria fully endorse Sport Reliefs work, and to keep you up to speed, we’ve created a summary of what this action-packed year involves, where the funds go and how you can get involved.

What is Sport Relief?

Sport Relief is an annual fundraising event and is a biennial charity to Comic Relief which aims to fundraise and generate a national conversation. It is one of the UK’s largest fundraising events, run in association with BBC Sport, bringing the nation closer together in an effort to raise money, get active and save lives!

Money is raised through various methods, although usually through physical activities such as football matches or sponsored runs. All the money raised is spent on supporting those who need it most – in the UK and around the world. Sport Relief also operates a clothing and merchandise line which you can purchase online.

The events are showcased and televised on BBC One, with celebrities participating in challenges and backing the charity. Here’s a run-through of what to expect on the television, so you don’t miss a moment!

Sport Relief is back from Saturday 17th March – Friday 23rd March and bigger than ever!

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What is the money spent on?

All the money raised through Sports relief is spent through Comic Relief on a variety of issues, ranging from mental health to drug development and the distribution of mosquito nets. Malaria prevention and treatment is at the heart of Sport Relief. The charity says that they:

“use the money you raise to tackle critical issues affecting people across the world.”

Through fundraising and celebrity challenges, Comic relief has treated over 900,000 people across Africa with antimalarial drugs! Furthermore, Sports Relief has helped more than 50,000 people in the UK who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

Thanks to the money raised through active participation and fundraising, Sports Relief have been able to support more than 2,000 projects in the UK and abroad!

How to get involved

Hopefully, you’re eager to get involved! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to raise cash for Sports Relief, from marathons to dancing. Sports Relief says that they are encouraging the public to get active and get fundraising for Sport Relief however they want, regardless of their fitness level. The theme this year is ‘Whatever Moves You’, whether that be a sponsored run or Zumbathon.

We discussed Sport Relief in Malaria Minute | Friday 16th March.

Stuck for ideas? You can download the Sport Relief mobile app to compete with your mates in a league, join a celebrity challenge or even take on the Nation’s Billion Steps Challenge.

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You can start off fundraising by ordering a FREE Fundraising Pack which you can order from the Sport Relief website. It is packed with everything you need to get active and raise money for this year’s Sport Relief. The pack including ideas, tips, tools and posters.

Despite all these amazing efforts, causes such as Sports Relief and Fight Malaria still need help in order to fight such a complex and diverse issue.  If ignored, fatal diseases such as malaria can cause significant damage to people’s life, health and communities. It is therefore essential to educate as many people as possible to prevent and eradicate them. Malaria can be prevented, and through the distribution of accurate and high-quality educational material and goods, progress will be made!

If you’d like to help us, there are plenty of ways to do so! By writing insightful blogs, sharing our resources and spreading the word, you can make an impact!

If you are a malaria researcher, blogger or scientist and would like to submit an article for our blog, we’d love to hear from you! Email any articles you wish to share to: [email protected]

The main live television event begins on BBC One on Friday 23rd March from 7 pm with a break for the normal news at 10 pm – be sure to watch it!

Programmes begin in the afternoon on CBBC with related reports and fundraising events.

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