The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has today launched the Six Red Nose Day Challenge, a fresh and exciting way for people of any level of snooker experience to support Comic Relief, just by playing snooker at your local club!
Originally founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia, through its biennial Red Nose Day event the charity has raised over £1 billion globally over the last 30 years and helped to raise awareness to help the kids who need support most at home and around the world.
Snooker has previously been involved in supporting the charity, in 2010 former world champion Dennis Taylor and Willie Thorne memorably performing a rendition of ‘Walk This Way’ during that year’s night of festivities.
But for the first time anyone can now get involved and help to raise money for this year’s Red Nose Day campaign ahead of the main event on 24th March 2017, by taking on the ‘Six-Red Nose Day Challenge in your local club.
It could not be simpler to get involved at your local participating snooker club, following a few simple rules:
For each counting attempt a donation to the Comic Relief charity of £1.00 must be made
Set the table with just six reds and no colours, with the cue ball positioned within the ‘D’
With a timer starting from the break-off, the player must pot all of the six reds as quickly as possible, with the timer to be stopped once the sixth red is potted
Your time will then be added to the official list at your club and following the end of the competition the fastest player will win a prize to be determined by the club, with the remaining money to be donated directly to this year’s Comic Relief appeal. The winner from each club will also be entered into a prize draw to win to tickets to a major World Snooker event.
All participants are encouraged to get engaged via social media and share images and photos from your attempts with us using the hashtags #6reds #rednoseday
Chris Hornby, WPBSA Sport Development Manager said: “It’s great for the WPBSA and its supporting partner organisations to be able to support such a great cause as Red Nose Day. It’s important for local communities to be able to get together to raise money which will support vital Comic Relief projects, whilst at the same time giving snooker clubs an opportunity to encourage new people to their venues and showcase what snooker as a sport has to offer the community.”
To learn more about Comic Relief visit: www.comicrelief.com