I know – you’re probably asking why I’m talking about a day that is coming up on Throwback Thursday. I’ll get to it. But first, what do you know about Red Nose Day?
Red Nose Day originated as event of the charity organization Comic Relief in the U.K. Comic Relief dates back to 1985 and a BBC telethon hosted by Noel Edmonds from a refugee camp in Sudan in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Since then, Comic Relief has raised money for a variety of causes including HIV and AIDS education in Africa, childhood immunizations, domestic violence and the disabled. Comic Relief started the Red Nose Day Telethon in 1988 to raise funds to help children in need and fight worldwide poverty. Why the Red Nose? It was intended to be a run, kid-friendly conversation starter for the fund raising effort.
In 2015 through a partnership with Comic Relief, NBC and Walgreen’s, Red Nose Day was brought to the U.S. Since then, more than $60 million has been raised in the U.S alone and donated to organizations including Oxfam, Feeding America, Children’s Health Fund, Save the Children and Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs.
This year, the U.S. Red Nose Day Telethon will air on NBC on Thursday, May 24th. So you have a couple weeks to figure out how you can get involved. It can be as easy as going to your neighborhood Walgreens or Duane Reade and buying an official Red Nose for a dollar. Wear your Red Nose and post to social media. Or buy other Red Nose merchandise to promote the event. Want to organize your own Red Nose event? Check out the ideas here: https://rednoseday.org/fundraising
It’s a great cause – you really can help make a difference in a child’s life. And now the Throwback. Here’s a picture of my work team on the very first U.S. Red Nose Day in 2015!