Let’s Come Together to End Child Poverty, One Nose at a Time

 The third annual Red Nose Day in America is on Thursday May 25.  Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising event and special night of television organized by Comic Relief. It is about coming together to have fun and make a difference, raising money and awareness to help kids in need, here at home and around the world.

Red Nose Day was created by award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis (“Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”) in the U.K. in 1988 and started in the U.S. in 2015. Red Nose Day raised over $36 million in 2016, and over $23 million the previous year, totaling over $60 million in its first two years in the US. Globally, it has raised over $1 billion since its launch in the UK in 1988.

To help raise awareness and aid in the fundraising efforts, NBC has dedicated a special night of television programming on May 25. Actress Julia Roberts will join adventurer Bear Grylls in Kenya for “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.” The full line-up includes:

  • “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
  • “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” at 9:00 p.m.
  • “The Red Nose Day Special,” at 10:00 p.m. which will premiere the “Love Actually” sequel.

Click here to learn more about Red Nose Day and what you can do to get involved. On the website are videos that give testament to the inner strength and hope that lies within all children – even those in challenging circumstances. One video is of actress Julia Robert who visited a school and shelter in Phoenix, where she met a special little boy named Anthony.

Another video is of Musician Ed Sheeran who visited with a little girl named Peaches, who lost her father during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Peaches has been unable to go to school since her father’s death. She sings to honor his memory and hopes one day to return to school, to become a musician, and to use her voice to sing in churches.