Red Nose Day goes virtual

The annual Red Nose Day event will be held virtually this year to help kids impacted by COVID-19.

Red Nose Day will be going virtual for the first time since coming to the United States in 2015! When you hear Red Nose Day, you probably think of the iconic red clown noses that are usually sold in Walgreens. Instead of the noses being sold in Walgreens this year, they will be digital in light of the coronavirus pandemic and to avoid face-touching. The sixth annual Red Nose Day will be airing on NBC on May 21st at 8 p.m. featuring many stars such as Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and Adam Scott. Ben Stiller will be kicking off the two hour “Red Nose Day Special” with the phenomenon of bringing escape rooms to television with Jack Black, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and Adam Scott participating in the one-hour high-energy “Celebrity Escape Room.” The special will also have a stacked lineup of music, comedy, and short documentary films to educate and engage the viewers.

The goal of Red Nose Day is to raise money to help end child poverty but this year the money raised will go to organizations to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children in need. The CEO of Comic Relief US, Alison Moore, stated “We’re thrilled in partnership with Walgreens, to have been able to launch the new digital Red Noses so quickly, continuing to give people an easy way to come together and show their support for vulnerable children. Millions of children in need here and around the world are suffering from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. This may be our most important Red Nose Day yet.”

To this day, Red Nose Day has raised $200 million dollars and has helped over 25 million children across the United States, Puerto Rico, and some of the poorest communities around the world. Those who would like to support the organization can go to to unlock their own digital Red Nose, share their selfies on social media using the hashtag #NosesOn, and encourage others to donate. Supporters could also start their own online fundraiser.