Red Nose Day funds will be channelled to education, health care and civil society initiatives through various NGOs. Aid organisations involved in the event include the Finnish Red Cross, Finn Church Aid and Finnish UNICEF. Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Honduras are this year's aid recipients.
This week YLE has aired special Red Nose Day shows, including Red Nose Bingo. YLE rounds off the theme week on Friday with a live benefit show to raise money for the event.
Last year, Red Nose Day activities raked in a total of 1.1 million euros.
Red Nose Day was the brainchild of a British charitable foundation set up in 1998, Comic Relief. Its aim is to change the lives of the less fortunate by raising funds through entertainment, specifically comedy.
As of 8.30 pm Friday, the fund drive had raised half a million euros.