Making its domestic debut on May 21 on NBC, Red Nose Day raised over $21 million to benefit children in the U.S. and worldwide. Red Nose Day, a comedic enterprise raising awareness and funds for young people living in poverty, was made popular in the UK and has raised more than $1 billion over the last 30 years.
Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Christina Aguilera, John Krasinski, Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, and Nick Cannon appeared in the benefit event, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Anna Kendrick, Sir Ian McKellen, Olivia Wilde, Simon Cowell, Hugh Bonneville and many more.
Red Nose Day also featured heartfelt short films highlighting important issues. Jack Black traveled to Africa to visit children in Uganda living on the streets, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of preventable diseases at a hospital. Blake Shelton visited a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles that is providing free, life-changing care to underprivileged children. And in Peru, Michelle Rodriguez met children having to work to survive and saw how projects there are helping them receive education.
The money raised during NBCUniversal’s inaugural Red Nose Day funds programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S., Africa, Asia and Latin America. Charity partners include Boys & Girls Clubs 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.