Fairfield helps kick off Red Nose Day campaign

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles starts to cut the cake during the Red Nose Day campaign launch at Fairfield’s Walgreens April 6, as Hien Nguyen, right, the area’s director of Pharmacy and Retail Operations for Walgreens, looks on. Photo by Todd Armstrong / Save the Children.

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles starts to cut the cake during the Red Nose Day campaign launch at Fairfield’s Walgreens April 6, as Hien Nguyen, right, the area’s director of Pharmacy and Retail Operations for Walgreens, looks on. Photo by Todd Armstrong / Save the Children.

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau, Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles, and Fairfield Warde High School’s Save the Children Club joined Walgreens staff on Wednesday, April 6, at the Fairfield Walgreens to help kick-start the national Red Nose Day charitable campaign benefitting Fairfield-based Save the Children and other charities fighting childhood poverty. The group all purchased and donned red noses, and encouraged all 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.

The iconic red noses — as well as new Red Flair merchandise, including red hats, “deely boppers,” bowties, and red noses for cars – are now on sale at Walgreens in Fairfield and at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationally, leading up to Red Nose Day May 26. The day’s events will culminate in a star-studded TV broadcast, The Red Nose Day Special, live on NBC.

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

“Americans came together in solidarity around Red Nose Day last year to support Save the Children and other charities fighting childhood poverty, 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 First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles get “seriously silly” during the Red Nose Day campaign launch at Fairfield’s Walgreens April 6. Photo by Todd Armstrong / Save the Children.

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles get “seriously silly” during the Red Nose Day campaign launch at Fairfield’s Walgreens April 6. Photo by Todd Armstrong / Save the Children.

Tetreau said he was proud to have a Fairfield business, in Walgreens, a Fairfield nonprofit, Save the Children, and students from Fairfield Warde all working to support the kids who need it most.

“This is all about raising money and awareness to support kids in need, keep kids safe, keep them healthy, and to help them get educated.”

Hien Nguyen, the area’s director of Pharmacy and Retail Operations for Walgreens, said “Walgreens is proud to be an exclusive retail partner of Red Nose Day.”

“We raised $23 million last year — 8 1/2 million from the Walgreens family — and we are looking to sell significantly more red noses this year, to help kids around the world and the United States,” he said. “We are ready to get seriously silly for a great cause.”

About Save the Children

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc, a

registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes money to organizations whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. Funds raised benefited children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs addressing literacy, education, healthcare, and nutrition. The second annual Red Nose Day will be held on Thursday May 26, 2016.  The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour, national entertainment TV special, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Comic Relief Inc. and Comic Relief UK are independent organizations related through their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty; and with the same mission to effect positive change through the power of entertainment. In the UK, Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com/rednoseday), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About Fairfield Warde’s Save the Children Club

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 dedicated club member enables Save the Children to help children in need here in the U.S. and around the world.

Fairfield Warde High School Save the Children Club members, from left, Eileen Carbin, Jeanette Debek, Jason Dachman, George Seymour, Anirudh Maddula, Marcos Perez, Medina Kolenovic, and Irma Cirikovic, get ready to have some cake at the Red Nose Day campaign launch at Fairfield’s Walgreens April 6. Photo by Todd Armstrong / Save the Children.

Fairfield Warde High School Save the Children Club members, from left, Eileen Carbin, Jeanette Debek, Jason Dachman, George Seymour, Anirudh Maddula, Marcos Perez, Medina Kolenovic, and Irma Cirikovic, get ready to have some cake at the Red Nose Day campaign launch at Fairfield’s Walgreens April 6. Photo by Todd Armstrong / Save the Children.

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