Cause of the Month: Comic Relief

Last week a new charity hit my radar and I loved everything I heard about it. Since they’re also hosting a big charitable drive tomorrow (Red Nose Day USA – you’ve definitely heard of it if you’ve watched NBC lately), I thought I’d contribute to the efforts and drive awareness!

Photo credit: Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a charity based in the UK that aims to have a just world, free from poverty. Since the organization was established in the 1980s, they’ve made a difference in several areas, including: education, HIV, malaria, mental health, and domestic violence.

Some cool stats to show their accomplishments? Literacy for adults in Uganda has increased to 73%, The number of new HIV infections in Africa dropped 33% between 2005-2013, and thanks to a campaign they ran, 1.5 million people in England were educated about mental health problems and changed their attitudes toward discriminating those with them. For a complete list of accomplishments, click here.

So what’s this Red Nose Day¬†you keep hearing about? It’s tomorrow in the U.S.! It’s a day where people everywhere are encouraged to get together and do something funny for money (to donate) at school, work, and home (or wherever else they may be).

Tomorrow night on NBC, an inaugural three-hour TV special will air featuring some big named actors, comedians, and musicians, putting on a show filled with comedy sketches, parodies, and of course, music. I’m looking forward to watching! At least for part of it live – three hours is a long time to sit still!

You can keep up with the latest from Comic Relief by visiting their web site, and following along via Facebook and Twitter. Interested in donating? You can do so monetarily here, or just help spread the word!

Will you be watching the Red Nose Day special? How are you giving back this month?

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  • Red Nose Day has been huge in the UK for a while and I've really enjoyed it the last few years. I'm curious to see how it's going to transition to the US, especially because it seems to have some big star power behind it.

  • Thanks for sharing! I hadn't heard of it but I'll definitely tune in.