Today (May 23) is Red Nose Day in the United States and some of your favorite celebrities are commemorating in the best way. Tia Mowry and Mariah Carey have been two of many celebrity parents to rock red noses in honor of the cause.
Red Nose Day began in 1988 as an effort to raise awareness about child poverty. The goal of the one-day campaign was to garner financial support from fans of BBC’s Comic Relief for the cause of ending poverty in the world. To date, the campaign has garnered more than $150 million in funds.
The star power behind Red Nose Day has certainly helped the cause in the United States. Several of Mariah Carey’s fans praised the singer for supporting such a worthy effort all while acknowledging that they, too, were rocking red noses on Thursday (May 23). “I have mine on,” one fan said. “Love this,” another social media follower said.
Tia Mowry’s post about Red Nose Day also gained a lot of traffic. “#NosesOn to help end child poverty with @RedNoseDayUSA,” the actress shared. More than 30,000 Instagram fans gave the post thumbs up within two hours of Tia posting the picture of her wearing a red nose alongside her son, Cree Hardrict, who also sported the accessory.
Red Nose Day has found much success both in the United States and the United Kingdom. David Bishai of John Hopkins University believes that the campaign is so popular because of the overall satisfaction that contributors get from knowing that they are doing something for the greater good.
“The red nose doesn’t drag you into the dark side of the poor, showing you children with swollen bellies. That’s not fun,” Biashai shared during a recent interview. “The [campaigners] say: We understand there’s terrible suffering in the world, and we’re doing something about it.”
Be sure to catch the Red Nose Day Special, which airs on NBC tonight at 8 PM. Stay tuned for more celebrity charity news!
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