New York, NY, January 31, 2018 — Today, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced it is joining Comic Relief USA’s iconic Red Nose Day as a new grantee partner for 2018.
Red Nose Day drives positive change through the power of entertainment, bringing people together to raise money and awareness for children who need help the most, in America and around the world. Red Nose Day 2018 is on Thursday, May 24th.
“Over half of the 65 million people displaced by conflict and crisis around the world today are children, and they need our support more than ever before,” said David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. “We are proud to be a partner of Red Nose Day, which is committed to ensuring children are safe, healthy, educated and provided the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
“Sadly, too many children live in poverty and unspeakably tough circumstances,” said Janet Scardino, CEO, Comic Relief USA, the non-profit behind Red Nose Day. “With the continuing support of our key partners and the American public, Red Nose Day’s new partnership with the International Rescue Committee will mean that we can help make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Red Nose Day was created by Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (“Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”) and has raised over $1 billion globally since its launch in the UK in 1988. The fundraising campaign has raised over $100 million since its launch in the US in 2015.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.