For many years now, there have been many organizations dedicated to helping children and young people who have to live in poverty-stricken conditions, having to go with very little food, and adapt to less than adequate or no health care. As the Hollywood stars became involved, donating money and time to bring people together for the cause, more and more people stopped to listen to them.
Sally Struthers was a big advocate of Child Fund, which was originally named the Christian Children’s Fund. Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billy Crystal participated in a Comic Relief special on HBO; for several hours, they would entertain America with music, and comedy, while raising money for starving people in America, and in developing continents like Africa and Asia.
Comic Relief Inc. has been an established British charity in the United Kingdom (UK) since 1985, with its highlight being is Red Nose Day. The event is held annually, and will be broadcast this year on May 21, live on NBC and BBC. Comic Relief Inc. has the vision of “A just world free from poverty,” they have made it their mission to “drive positive change through the power of entertainment.”
Comic relief is defined as “relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible.” It is through comedy and entertainment that Red Noses Day raises money for children and young people all around the world, with a full cast of singers, comedians, and actors, big names such as Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, comedians Jack Black, and Carson Daly, and many other stars will come together to help children in poverty around the world. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to help children and young people right here in America, and the other fifty percent will go to help deserving children in developing countries, helping to reduce violence and abuse, providing quality education, and giving primary health care, clean water, and sanitation.
This organization is partnered with Walgreens and M & M’s, and they help the telethon bring attention to a very serious problem around the world. Walgreens is selling red clown noses for a dollar with all profits to go to the Red Nose fund. There are twelve organizations that are partnered with the fund, such as the Big Brothers and Sisters Clubs of America, which has been involved with mentoring, helping, and nurturing young people by providing enriching and safe after-school and summer programs for one hundred and fifty years, and the water charity, which is dedicated to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries, this group has helped over five million people to have clean water since 2006.
Although the fund is raising money for such a serious problem, through comedy and entertainment, poverty is no laughing matter. They are spreading awareness through laughter and entertainment, to reach out to the rest of the world to get involved and help bring an end to the suffering of the children and youth of the world. Every little bit people do makes a difference, and sometimes even the smallest help makes the most difference.
By Katherine Miller-Chichester
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