The one about Money, Giving, Red Nose Day and the Lottery

red-nose-day-logoIf you are living in the UK, then you will have noticed that it is Red Nose Day.

In 2013 Red Nose Day raised just over 100 million (£100,331,808 if you want to be precise) source.

Doesn’t that huge amount of money make you proud to be British?

I thank God for the amazing good that has been done with that money.

In the same period, the population of the UK was 64.1 million source. In other words, if everyone in the Uk gave an equal amount to Red Nose Day then we all gave around £2 each. That doesn’t make you quite so proud to be British does it?

To be fair, you have to take into account that some of the 64 million population are children who don’t have money to give and also that many people may give to other charities but not to Red Nose Day so we may be more generous than £2 per person implies.

You could also argue that this all happened during a recession and that people don’t have a lot of spare cash so perhaps £2 per person was generous?

In the same financial year (ending March 2014) £1,751.1 million was given out by the National lottery in grants. source

Get this, because it is important, nearly 17 times more was given by the lottery than was raised Red Nose Day.

This is staggering, because the lottery only gives away a tiny percentage of its total income, in fact total ticket sales for this same year were £6730.9 million. Now, I don’t know anyone who saves up to play the lottery! People generally are paying to play out of their spare and disposable income.

If you take the annual ticket sales figure provided by the National Lottery (£6730.9 million) and divide it by 365 (that’s how many days there are in the year, not some random number) then you get the amount that was spent on lottery tickets in an average day in 2013-2014.

If my maths is correct, £18.4 million is the average amount spent each day on lottery tickets in that period.

Does this make you proud to be British?

Put simply, we spent more on lottery tickets in an average 6 day period than we gave to Red Nose Day in 2013 in total.

As we celebrate the generosity of so many people on this Red Nose Day, I also want to pause and pray for the sad state that our country is in.

Greed is clearly a more powerful motivator than generosity.

May we see the light and realize what is more important in life.

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
This entry was posted in consumerism, Faith, Giving, Greed, Life experiences, money and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to The one about Money, Giving, Red Nose Day and the Lottery

  1. Lorraine Corrie says:

    Hi Graeme That’s so interesting this came up in a conversation with my kids last night as we were watching comic relief. They are learning about globalisation and infrastructure of countries. They commented that they thought people spent more on the lottery. Harry simple commented that if all the wealthy, celebrities including actors like brad pitt who had just bought an island! Gave even 1% of their annual salary would poverty exist? I heard last year that the world’s wealthiest person was a tribillionaire or something. He had so much he could wipe out poverty worldwide. What must a person like that think if they see children dying of starvation or sickness from lack of simple medical care? I wonder if people are even aware how much they spend on the lottery? Thanks Graeme this is been very thought provoking and something that the children can discuss and explore in geography . Hope you and the family are keeping well. I read with interest about your geocaching outings. It’s something my harry is very keen to do but we’ve never tried. Have a great weekend Every blessing to you all Lorraine

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks Lorraine, the other perspective that I thought of writing about was something you are touching on. I wondered whether all the famous people who took part made a donation, how much they would have to give each to raise the same total eg 100 million = 250 thousand each from 400 celebs (I think anyway, maths was never my strong point).
    I think one of the positives of Comic relief is the way it raises awareness though, so it really is worthwhile.
    We have a bouncy castle up today so won’t be geocaching far if at all 😦
    Hope you and the kids are well.


  3. Reblogged this on Honest about my faith and commented:

    You may find this surprising, but in the UK we spent more on lottery tickets in an average 6 day period than we gave to Red Nose Day in 2013! #rednoseday


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.