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Ever wonder why a clown style red nose is the symbol of Red Nose Day? Well according to RedNose.Org. it’s because a red nose is “simple yet powerful, visible and playful…It brings us together, breaks down barriers, and reminds us of the power of laughter.
This year Red Noses arrive with a touch of silver sparkle because giving children a brighter future is something to celebrate.”
Comic Relief was started by comedians who wanted to use comedy and laughter to let people know about poverty in the UK and Africa. It was launched in 1985, from a refugee camp in Sudan.
The very first Red Nose Day was held in 1988, with millions of people participating in its first year. Check out some of the highlights of Comic Relief’s history timeline.
Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally, and since 2015, over $60 million has been raised in America
The Red Nose Day Fund provides grants to charities who are doing work in the US and overseas to help end child poverty. Walgreens, Comic Relief Inc., and their charitable partners are providing:
- Meals to feed hungry kids in America
- Safe places to live for homeless children
- Essential medical services for children
- Life-saving vaccines and treatments for children
Get involved on Red Nose Day!
Here are some ways you can have an impact on child poverty:
Ride On for Red Nose Day
Ride On for Red Nose Day is a four-day 400-mile ride to end childhood poverty. Ride One will go from Santa Barbara, CA to Las Vegas Nevada April 30 – May 3. Ride Two will go from Boston, MA to New York, NY May 21 – 24. For more details go to PeopleforBikes.org. Also, visit Rideon4rednoseday.com for more info on how you can support the ride.
But you don’t have to ride 400 miles to get involved. Organize your own ride with children from your neighborhood or school. And don’t forget to wear your red noses 🙂
There are so many ways to raise money for a good cause. Keep it simple and do what you love. If you need help with some ideas go here.
Visit RedNoseDayinSchool.org, where you’ll find unforgettable videos, lesson plans, and discussion guides to help kids learn more about issues faced by children living in poverty – and what each of us can do to make a difference. You can also get your School Fundraising Toolkit while you’re there.
Donate online at RedNoseDay.org, in person at your local Walgreens, or by mail, the address is PO Box 5514, Carol Stream, IL 60197-5514. Make checks payable to The Red Nose Day Fund.
You can get your red noses at any Walgreens store. Wear them proudly on May 24th(Red Noses do not contain latex, they are made out of Polyurethane Foam)!
See how your donation can have an impact on the children of America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Many Blessings and let’s go get our Red Noses on!!