Red Nose Day, the United Kingdom’s #1 fundraising event, is making its American debut on May 21. According to rednoseday.org, Red Nose Day has occurred annually since it began in 1988. It was created by Comic Relief UK, a charity organization that has raised more than $1.5 billion with its main fundraising campaigns — both Red Nose Day and Sports Relief
In England, Red Nose Day is a holiday observed every year. Geology major and sophomore Joseph Tolworthy spoke of his experience growing up in England and celebrating the event. Red Nose Day was one of the only days students were allowed to break out of the uniform mold and could wear a red shirt. “We always did fundraising events,” Tolworthy said. “We would do a one-mile walk or run, and we would get sponsored for that.”
This year America is joining the tradition through an NBC special May 21 (8/7c.). According to NBC, 100 of Hollywood’s stars will participate in comedy, video, music and performances. Stars include Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Jimmy Fallon, Coldplay and others.
Proceeds from what NBC calls the “fun-raising” special will contribute to 12 charity organizations that help children and young adults out of poverty in both the U.S. and other parts of the world.
A list of ways individuals can help raise money can be found at rednoseday.org or during the NBC Red Nose Day broadcast.