According to Google Trends, Red Nose Day has gotten 20,000 searches thus far on Thursday, May 25. Update: Google Trends now reports the searches for Red Nose Day have climbed to 50,000 as the time approaches noon on the eastern coast of the U.S.
Many of those people searching for Red Nose Day are likely asking what Red Nose Day means, as reported by USA Today. The publication notes that Red Nose Day began in the U.K. in 1988 and has traveled around the world as the concept, launched by non-profit Comic Relief, raises money for the needy.
In 2017, the Red Nose Day charity concept brought together the cast of the hit film Love Actually and Julia Roberts, according to the New York Daily News. Thus far, over the past three decades, the yearly Red Nose Day event has brought in more than $1 billion for children in need around the world.
Although Red Nose Day has been around for 30 years, the 2017 Red Nose Day represents only the third annual celebration in the U.S., according to WCSH-TV, which likely lends itself to questions about where to buy red noses in order to participate in the cause. According to RedNoseDay.org, people can buy their red noses at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.
“Walgreens is the exclusive retailer of the Red Noses, available at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide.”
Indeed, Walgreens has a page dedicated to Red Nose Day, where the retailer urges people to donate and offers photos of all sorts of Red Nose Day merchandise beyond red noses.
Celebrities are getting in on the action to help children living in poverty, reports KJRH, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announcing that they will match the donations people make via Facebook’s donation tools, up to $1 million.
People are being asked to download the Red Nose Day app and post funny photos in order to bring attention to children in need.
Special programming on Thursday will promote NBC’s Red Nose Day, reports News & Observer, like a fundraiser airing at 8 p.m. ET and a 9 p.m. ET Running Wild with Bear Grylls episode with Julia in Kenya. There’s also a Red Nose Day special set to air at 10 p.m. ET.
The Love Actually short film scheduled to air on NBC is based on the film of the same name but is much shorter than the original movie. As seen in the above sneak peek video from NBC, a pivotal scene from Love Actually has been recreated, with a seemingly much different ending than the kiss that culminated in passion in the movie.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 25, 2017
Feedback about Red Nose Day on social media can be viewed via sample comments below.
“Let’s put some positive energy and images out today. Happy Red Nose Day!
#RedNoseDay! Red Nose Day aims to end child poverty by raising money and awareness for kids in the U.S. and around the world.”
“Good people of the Continent – today is Red Nose Day USA and there will be high jinks on NBC.
“It stresses me out that the USA has a different red nose day from us and they’re hyped over the Love Actually thing when it already aired.”
“Let’s all remember to celebrate Red Nose Day today May 25th! Feeding children in all 50 states!”
“Anybody else find it ironic that today is both National Wine Day AND Red Nose Day?