Red Nose Day

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RED NOSE DAY — Pictured: Christina Aguilera — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Red Nose Day is an annual campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh, stated rednoseday.org. The campaign is run by Comic Relief Inc, which is an independent partner organization to Comic Relief UK.  The latest Red Nose Day was held on May 21, 2015 and also had a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC filled with the country’s favorite comedians, musicians, and Hollywood Stars.

The Red Nose Day telethon raised 21 million dollars to help families around the world. More than 100 “A-list” celebrities took part in the three-hour entertainment program. The event took place in New York and was hosted by Seth Meyers, David Duchovny, and Jane Krakowski, according to upi.com.

“Do something funny for money,” was the slogan of NBC’s Red Nose Day. The entertainment included Julianne Moore, Olivia Wilde, and Gwenyth Paltrow with taped comedy segments, short films including Jack Black traveling to Uganda to offer a first-hand account of extreme poverty that children in Uganda face. Also, Michelle Rodriguez traveled to the poorest remote regions of Peru to tackle the problem of child labor. Musical guests included Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, The Voice coaches, U2, and the combo of Keith Urban and John Mellencamp performing the latter’s “Pink House’s”, remarked variety.com

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be directed to 12 charities that help children and young people in the US, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The charities include, Boys and Girls Club of America, Charity:water, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund, Lift, National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, Oxfam America, Save the Children, and United Way, stated variety.com.