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.