On March 24, the Bilkent Laboratory International School will bring the celebration of Red Nose Day to Turkey. The purpose of this biennial event, which originated in the UK in the 1980s, is to raise funds for charity through comedy and “silly” activities. (Comic Relief, the organization behind Red Nose Day, focuses on helping children in need and tackling worldwide poverty.) The idea has caught on in a number of other countries, including the US, Australia and Germany, but not, until now, in Turkey, .
BLIS Middle School students have been already been selling red noses, sent over from the UK. On Red Nose Day itself, the school will be buzzing with activity all day long. There will be a show, with a quiz; the losers will be rewarded with a bucket of water on the head. Students will have a fancy-dress competition, and will also make collections for some of their teachers; those ending up with the most money will get a custard pie in the face!
As a grand finale, BLIS will be hosting “Red Nose Night,” an evening of Turkish comedy to benefit the Comic Relief charities. Four comedians from “Gri Şehir” will offer two hours of stand-up entertainment. The event will take place at the BLIS Performance Hall on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will cost 30 TL, with all proceeds going to charity. Tickets can be bought by contacting either Karl Machin, a teacher at BLIS (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Ms. Aslı Genç of the BLIS PTA (email@example.com).
Details about the BLIS event can be found at www.facebook.com/ events/252486031878432/; for more about Comic Relief, see www.rednoseday.com.