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Colleton residents support National Red Nose Day

Tammy Lake, Casey Hall and Judy Logan show off their red noses as they work in the Colleton County Tax Assessors Office. Their red noses brought smiles to those who saw them that day. Photo by Christie Slocum

On Thursday May 26, celebrities gathered to celebrate National Red Nose Day in a television event aired on NBC. Red Nose Day is a special day for Americans to come together and have fun while making a difference in the lives of kids around the world. This was only the second year Red Nose Day has been celebrated in the United States of America, even though the charity event began across the pond in 1988 by a group called Comic Relief UK.
The program asks Americans to visit their local Walgreens to purchase a red nose. Everyone who purchases a red nose then should all wear them on the same day, in hopes others will ask them why they are wearing a red nose. Funds raised by the sale of the red noses and donations given on the charity’s web site rednoseday.org are distributed to different programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day USA is run by Comic Relief Inc in the United States and Comic Relief UK, which are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change though the power of entertainment.
Celebrities were not the only ones celebrating; folks across Colleton County were spotted all day on Thursday wearing their red noses. Several drive thru workers, teachers and even county employees were spotted getting their silly on. County employee Judy Logan bought red noses for her co-workers at the Harrelson Building on Klein Street. When asked why she was celebrating National Red Nose Day, Logan responded “Because it’s helping starving children. For every nose I buy, 50 cents goes to the kids. You can even go online and donate. I know, because I’ve been there too!”
The Red Nose Day Special was a live 2-hour primetime television event that brought together the biggest stars for a night of fun and laughs. In total, the event raised $31 million to help children in need. Some examples of how the money will be used are: meals for children in homeless shelters, anti-malarial nets to protect a new mother and her baby, an eye exam for a child who needs glasses, medical supplies for doctors working on a mobile clinic and to provide books to help keep at-risk children’s reading skills sharp during the summer months.
Red Nose Day 2016 partners were NBC, M&M’s, Walgreens and the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation. Planning has already started for next year’s National Red Nose Day celebration. Hopefully, more folks will participate and get their silly on for a great cause.

Christie Slocum (324 Posts)