Red Nose Day 2015 was a fund-raising event organized by Comic Relief. Dressed in red, clown-style noses sprouted like mushrooms on faces across America Thursday the event aimed at raising funds to help needy children. Half of the money raised will go to American charities for children, and the other half to international ones. The event saw the likes of Kim Kardashian and 'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage don a cherry red ball on their facial appendage.
Like a big show carried every other year on the BBC, the American network NBC was to air Thursday night a three-hour program of music and comedy, all with the theme 'Have Fun. Raise Money. Change Lives.' The televised fund raising event was to feature actors Anna Kendrick, Jack Black and Will Ferrell, among others, as well as singers including Jennifer Hudson, Pharell Williams and John Legend.
Bill Gates said, "For each picture of a red-nosed person appearing on social media, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $25."
The charity drive is modeled after Comic Relief, founded 30 years ago by British director Richard Curtis, of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' fame, to help alleviate famine in West Africa. It has since raised a billion dollars for charity. Curtis said, "For many years, I have dreamed of bringing Red Nose Day to the US. Experience has taught me how extraordinarily compassionate and generous Americans can be, and I've lived my life in awe of American comedy talent. I hope the combination of the two could work together to help children and their families in America and the world's poorest countries."