Poverty may be a touchy subject, but the journey to fight the issue doesn’t have to be taken so seriously.
Across the country many people are celebrating Red Nose Day, a campaign that has been dedicated to helping children and have fun while doing so.
“We are working to raise money and awareness to get kids out of poverty,” Ianto Kinsey, manager at the Walgreens in Roseboro, said. “This is just a unique and fun way for kids to get involved and help spread the awareness of the issues many kids face.”
All proceeds from the campaign benefit children and young people in the United States and some of the poorest communities in the world. To date, the Red Nose Day event has raised more than $1 billion that is donated to the many charities the organization partners with across the world.
According to Kinsey, until June 4, for each Red Nose purchased, Walgreens will donate half of the cost to supported charities and for each Red Nose item purchased, Walgreens will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to the Red Nose Day fund, which helps lift children out of poverty.
Wednesday afternoon, Kinsey and four of his employees paid a visit to Roseboro Elementary School to distribute more than 365 red noses that were acquired through generous donations from the community. Kinsey talked with some of the students about the importance of promoting poverty awareness in children.
This is the second year the United States has been involved with Red Nose Day, something that has been done in the United Kingdom for the last 25 years. The Red Nose Fund, Kinsey said, is dedicated to helping children and having fun in the process.
The money that is given to the charities helps provide clean water and life saving medicines and vaccines, among many other items needed in the impoverished areas of the world.
A $1 donation can help provide a meal for a child living in a homeless shelter, $4 can provide an anti-malarial net to protect a mother and her baby and $5 can provide medical supplies for a doctor’s visit on a mobile clinic.
Walgreens is on track to donate more than $20 million through this year’s campaign. Since the end of April, Kinsey said the Roseboro location has been busy helping the cause, selling more than 600 red noses, but many donations have come into the store that will be donated towards the fund.
“Red Nose Day is a good way to show that people have a sense of humor, but care about coming together for a good cause,” Kinsey said. “Just a small amount can have a huge impact on someone.”
A live special will be broadcast on NBC tonight at 9 p.m. The Red Nose Day Special is a live two-hour primetime television event that brings together the biggest stars for a night of fun and laughs. For more information about Red Nose Day, visit rednoseday.org.
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