Ready, Set, Noses On!
On Thursday May 24th Americans across the country will be wearing Red Noses, fundraising, and tuning in to NBC for a special night celebrating Red Nose Day in a nationwide effort to end child poverty.
Created by Richard Curtis, writer-director (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time), Red Nose Day has been built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can help raise money and awareness of poverty to save and change millions of lives around the world. And this powerful, unique movement is working – globally, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion since its launch in the U.K. in 1988.
This is the third consecutive year that Covenant House has been named a Charity Partner for Red Nose Day.
“I love the spirit of Red Nose Day and we are so grateful for this amazing support from the Red Nose movement,” said Covenant House President and CEO Kevin Ryan. “For those of us privileged to work with the young people at Covenant House, we know that our kids overcoming homelessness are funny, and creative, and smart, which is what the spirit of Red Nose Day is all about. And like the Red Nose movement, at Covenant House we believe our goal should be nothing short of ending child poverty.
“With this support from the Red Nose movement, Covenant House is able to do more street outreach, help more young victims of human trafficking, and provide more desperately needed beds. These funds open doors of opportunity and give more of our young people the chance to share their gifts with the world.”
Red Nose Day grants aim to address both the immediate needs of children living in poverty, and foster long-term change to break the cycle of poverty and provide hope for a better future. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs like Covenant House that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and given the support all children need and deserve.
In the past three years, Red Nose Day in the United States has raised over $100 million and positively impacted over 8 million children in America and around the world.
The 7-week Red Nose campaign culminates on Thursday, May 24th with a live two-hour prime time special on NBC. For more information and how to get involved visit RedNoseDay.org, and look for updates on Covenant House Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.