International Rescue Committee (IRC)

#HeresToHumanity: IRC countdown to 2015 in Times Square

Last updated Jan.6, 2015 - The International Rescue Committee was honored to be the philanthropic partner for New Year’s Eve 2015 in New York City's Times Square. The IRC helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. We partnered with the biggest celebration in the world to raise awareness of the plight of displaced people around the world.

At 11:59 pm on Dec. 31, special guests from the IRC signaled the lowering of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and led the countdown to 2015: David Miliband, IRC President and CEO; Jencarlos Canela, musician, actor and IRC Voice; Nykhor Paul, supermodel and IRC Voice;  Alek Wek, supermodel and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR); and Sonam Lama, high school senior resettled by the IRC from Nepal. They were joined by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and his family.

Before the clock struck midnight, David Miliband and Nykhor Paul talked about how the world can make a difference in 2015. Hear more from them in a second New Year's Eve interview from Times Square.


Thanks to everyone who joined the IRC in toasting to a better world in 2015 by posting a selfie to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HeresToHumanity. Your photos appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square.*

Video: Selfies shared by IRC supporters with the hashtag #HeresToHumanity flashed on a billboard in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Among them was one shared by the actor Patrick Stewart with the IRC's president, David Miliband. 

Relive the moment

Here are just a few of the photos and videos we shared in our New Year's Eve live blog on Storify:

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