Sport Relief 2012: A letter from today's guest editor, David Walliams
Friday 23 March 2012
Quality newspapers are normally quite boring. Not monumentally boring, just a bit dull and worthy. If they were a colour, they would be brown.
So today I have tried to make this paper as multicoloured as possible. Therefore I have put two supermodels on the front page (surely people would rather see Lara Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley than George Osborne?), and interviewed two of the most fascinating people in Britain today, Eddie Izzard and Simon Cowell.
Everyone I asked to contribute, from Usain Bolt to Bill Gates, said Yes. Why? I don't think particularly because of the paper, or because it was me asking. They said Yes because it's for Sport Relief.
Sport and charity both have huge power to bring people together, and combined they are unstoppable. Sport Relief has to be (with Comic Relief) one of the most trusted charities in the world.
All the sale proceeds from The Independent's print edition today will go to Sport Relief. It will help those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries, and in the UK.
Last year, I visited Kisumu in Kenya and met a 12-year-old boy, Philip Onyango, whose parents died four years ago. This polite little boy has been living on the streets ever since.
The charity funds a centre that provides him with food, education and clothing. I asked him: "What would you like to be when you are older?"
"A pilot," he answered, quickly and confidently.
By buying The Independent print edition today, you can help bring Philip a little closer to his dream, of one day making a better life for himself.
So from me, and him, thank you.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Jose Mourinho dismisses United injury worries, saying 'they have an amazing squad'
Aaron Hernandez: American Football in the dock as NFL star player's murderous double life is revealed
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league
Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI: Thibaut Courtois or David De Gea? Juan Mata or Willian? Who makes our team?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Where are the tickets for the fight?
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...