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. The week of events culminated on Friday with a live benefit show on YLE television.
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.