Red Nose Day is coming to America. It has been celebrated in the U.K. for 30 years and has raised more than $1 billion in donations for organizations addressing poverty. Red Nose Day is coming to America in a spectacular live star-studded special on Thursday, May 21 from 8-11 p.m. on NBC. The three-hour entertainment special will feature the country’s favorite comedians, musicians, and celebrities, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh.”
According to USA Today, more than 70 celebrities are participating, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Kendrick, Simon Cowell, and One Direction.
Celebrities are coming up with their own creative ideas to promote Red Nose Day. For instance, Today show co-host Matt Lauer was in Connecticut on Monday taking a 225-mile bike ride for a good cause while wearing a red nose. Lauer’s bike ride benefits the Red Nose Day Fund to help the lives of children in need.
Nick Cannon will kick off the festivities for NBC’s broadcast of Red Nose Day with a Red Nose Day Danceathon that will be streamed live on NBC.com beginning Wednesday, May 20. The America’s Got Talent host will attempt to dance nonstop for 24 hours leading into the Red Nose Day telecast on Thursday, May 21.
A-list celebrities are participating in Red Nose Day and having fun while doing so, but you don’t have to be a celebrity to get involved. People from all walks of life are encouraged to have fun and raise money by buying red noses, organizing fundraising events, watching the television special, and donating during the special.
“You can get involved by purchasing a red nose from any Walgreens for $1. Half of that amount goes to the Red Nose Day Fund. Take a selfie and upload it to any one of your social media accounts. There is also a Red Nose Day app.”
The money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world. The money will be split between domestic and international poverty programs.
Red Nose Day was designated in 1985 by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer Richard Curtis. For more information about Red Nose Day, go to www.rednosedayusa.com.
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