In today’s world, there are so many charities and causes out there that some of the best ones get lost in the shuffle. One of those causes is Red Nose Day 2016 and we’re going to run through exactly what it’s all about and why you should get involved.

The Origin of Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day originated in 1988 in the United Kingdom and was created by the British charity, Comic Relief. Comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry started the charity in response to famine in Ethiopia. The European version is held biennially alternating with sister charity, Sport Relief. In 2015, the United States held its first Red Nose Day and the next one is planned for May 26th, 2016.

So what is Red Nose Day?

In the words of the Red Nose Day website, “Through the power of entertainment, we raise awareness and money to help kids who need us most at home and around the world. Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.”

Part of Red Nose Day is, of course, the red nose itself. Walgreens is the official store to get all Red Nose Day flair and they donate the profits to the Red Nose Day fund. Here’s the link.

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It’s more than just a TV special on NBC though, it’s a full day where everyone all over the country is encouraged to spread the word and entertain the people around them all for the sake of helping children in poverty. People are encouraged to start their own FUN-raisers with toolkits available here. Half of the money distributed by Red Nose Day 2016 will be spent domestically in the U.S. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. All money raised supports projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, and educated.

Red Nose Day 2016 is May 26th, 2016 at 9ET/8CT on NBC. Check out the links below for more information on what you can do to help out or to donate directly.






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