I first heard about Red Nose Day from a teacher I had in high school who was arguably the most incredible human being I had ever known. He was a stage four prostate cancer fighter who sadly lost his battle last year. The lessons this man taught me I will never forget:
1. Help others every chance you get
2. Live life to the fullest
3. You can’t be sad when you’re laughing
4. You can make a difference in the world
5. There is always something you can do
So when I first heard about Red Nose Day from him, it seemed like everything he ever taught me was being put into one cause.
You might be asking yourself what Red Nose Day actually is. Red Nose Day basically raises awareness to the causes we all want to help with but don’t know how: children living in poverty. The Red Nose Day campaign officially launched in 2015 (United States) with the goal to help end child poverty in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world such as Africa and Latin America. But this organization has actually been around since 1988 (UK) and has raised over $1 billion globally since then. This is a non-profit organization run by Comic Relief Inc. who’s goal is to bring people together to laugh and have fun while also helping the ones who need it the most.
So you want to donate but you also want to know where your money is going… completely understandable! All proceeds will be going to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Charity: Water, Children’s Health Fund, Covenant House, Feeding America, Gavi: the Vaccine Alliance, National Council of La Raza, Save the Children and The Global Fund.
And while this sounds good and all you might still be skeptical. If that’s the case, click here and it will refer you to the webpage directly under the tab “Our Impact,” and you can see the cause you are funding!
So now you’re interested, how can you donate? By going to their website, you’ll see a big red button on the top right-hand corner that says “Donate” in big letters — click this button and you’ll be taken to a page that looks something like this:
Simply fill out the form and as you scroll down it was ask you for a payment method. All your information is 100% safe, don’t worry! What’s awesome about this is you’re given the option to make a donation monthly so you don’t need to come back each month and fill it out again. You also have the option to donate weekly, quarterly, yearly, or twice a year and the donation will be taken from your account with nothing extra from you. But you still want to know exactly what you’re donating to… is it food, shelter, medicine? That’s up to you! This page allows you to decide what exactly you want to fund. Just scroll down a little bit and you’ll see some choices:
Meals for Kids — $1
Life Saving Vaccines — $10
A Safe Place to Learn and Play — $10
Clean Water — $30
Access to Education — $50
A Safe Place to Sleep — $100
In the grand scheme of things, donating $10, $30, or even $100 isn’t asking for much. Just skip the shopping spree you were gonna go on tomorrow and instead give a child the chance to live a quality life.
You can even make a fun night out of this! Here the website came up with some fun ideas for you to help fundraise for this cause with ideas like a movie night or swear jar. You
can also go to the website’s home page and see videos that celebrity (comedians) have created and what they are doing to help!
So let’s all make a donation today and help end child poverty! Thank you guys for taking the time to read this post! Please share to get the word out about Red Nose Day!