Red Nose Day is a special charity driven day where children all around the world are brought to the forefront of television and entertainment by some of the biggest celebrities in the world.
Launched in 1988 by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day in the UK has raised over $1 billion dollars globally. It’s gone to benefit children and young adults in need of clean water, vaccines, mosquito nets, habitat, education, and more.
Red Nose Day in the US, however, is newer. In 2015 the first event happened here and over $60 million has been raised, before tonight’s amount is added in. Those donations have gone to children and young adults all around the US and in 25 countries around the world.
In 2016, Red Nose Day housed a number of A-List celebrities, some comedy, and a heart wrenching clip about malaria that left viewers at home, celebrities at the event, and Craig Ferguson in tears…it was heartbreaking to watch, and to know that all it takes is mosquito nets…all it takes is something so small to prevent so many deaths.
The special also had a clip from a couple of our favorite guys, Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln.
This year, the special lasted longer than just an hour. It kicked off with American Ninja Warrior with celebrities involved, an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls featuring Julia Roberts, and the Red Nose Day Special with a bit of Love Actually weaved in. Fans loved it, the celebrities gave it their all, and there were still those emotional conversations that brought back the real point of the call for donations.
The Love Actually clips should be available online soon, and once they are we’ll add them in, this was the sneak peek posted earlier in the day.
During this clip, Hugh Grant says something that sums up Red Nose Day and what it brings people together to accomplish.
‘Giving their hard earned cash to people who they’ll never meet but who’s pain and fear they feel and want to fight.’
To find out where your money goes, you can check the website which has a list of donation amounts and who benefits from them.
• “$1 can provide 11 meals for hungry children through Feeding America food banks.”
• “$10 can provide essential immunizations for a child in need,” according to Children’s Health Fund.
• “$10 helps provide a safe place for an at-risk child in America to go during the summer and after school,” according to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
• “$30 can provide one person with access to clean water in Uganda,” according to charity: water.
• “$50 can provide one year’s tuition, supplies, and textbooks for a child in a developing country,” according to Save the Children.
• “$100 provides food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to help get a child off the street,” according to Covenant House.
If you missed the special, they have a live Facebook stream happening for a few hours after the show, but it’s never too late to help. You can visit their webpage here to find out more.