Red Nose Day benefits Save the Children

To help kick-start the national Red Nose Day charitable campaign benefitting Fairfield-based Save the Children and other charities fighting childhood poverty, Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau, Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles, and Fairfield Warde High School’s Save the Children Club will be at the Fairfield Walgreens April 6, to purchase red noses and encourage local residents to do the same this spring to support kids in need in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world.

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles gets “seriously silly” at the office in anticipation of Red Nose Day May 26. — Photo by Susan Warner/Save the Children.

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles gets “seriously silly” at the office in anticipation of Red Nose Day May 26. — Photo by Susan Warner/Save the Children.

The iconic red noses — as well as new Red Flair merchandise such as red hats, headbands, bowties, and more — are on sale at Walgreens in Fairfield and at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationally, leading up to the national TV benefit Red Nose Day on NBC on Thursday, May 26, culminating in a in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring tcomedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Red Nose Day is a global movement and live TV special uniting celebrities, comedy and the American public to raise awareness and money for children who need it the most. The inaugural Red Nose Day, held in the U.S. on May 21, 2015, raised more than $23 million, benefitting 12 charities fighting childhood poverty, including Save the Children.

In Bhutan, the Red Nose Day Fund is helping Save the Children improve the quality of education in more than 200 preschools, training teachers to incorporate play-based math and reading activities that help increase school readiness and the potential for success in elementary school.

In Haiti, the Red Nose Day Fund is helping Save the Children improve the quality of education children receive, training teachers and supporting and establishing parent teacher associations, student committees and reading clubs.

“Americans came together in solidarity around Red Nose Day last year, and as a result, 20,000 kids in our programs in Haiti and Bhutan are getting a better education through new lesson plans and teacher training,” Miles said. “It’s a great chance to share a laugh and give further support for our efforts to provide a brighter future to children around the world, and we’re excited to team up with Red Nose Day and Walgreens again this year.”

Fairfield Warde’s Save the Children Club is an independent, student-run group that builds awareness and raises money to support the work of Save the Children. Save the Children clubs are ambassadors for Save the Children’s cause, and every club member enables Save the Children to help children in need here in the U.S. and around the world.

With the help of the Red Nose Day Fund, students in this second-grade class in Port-au-Prince are receiving a better quality education. — Photo by Susan Warner/Save the Children.

With the help of the Red Nose Day Fund, students in this second-grade class in Port-au-Prince are receiving a better quality education. — Photo by Susan Warner/Save the Children.

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