Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yukking it up on #RedNoseDay to Fight Poverty

I spend almost every day of my life thinking about serious things: children dying from lack of water or nutrition, parents dying of AIDS without options to secure their children's safety, teachers trying to educate children who are too hungry to focus on school work...this is heavy stuff. Too heavy to be weighed down with all the time. Too heavy to lay on my children as I find ways to involve them in helping. That's why I'm excited about Red Nose Day!

Red Nose Day is a day in the UK, every two years, when people get together and do something funny for charity money at home, school, and work. There's a night on the BBC TV network with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously. And now the idea has finally made it across the ocean to the US for May 21, 2015.

I love this idea of a nation-wide day of fun and laughter to bring awareness to serious causes. It invites us to use our creativity and silliness to change the world for the better. What can you do with a red nose? Take a selfie and spread awareness with the #RedNose hashtag? Gather donations for the number of hours you'll wear your red nose at work and around in public? Invite friends over to pay a charity cover charge to hear the neighborhood kids tell knock-knock jokes? Watch the live Red Nose Day benefit on NBC and call in a donation? It's all up to you and it's all fun. 

The American version of Red Nose Day will benefit this long list of charities: Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and MalariaFeeding America, Save the Children, OXFAM America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Health Fund, United Way, and Charity: Water

When I saw how many charities I already lobby for or donate to were on that list...of COURSE, I had to pick up a couple at Walgreens as I stood around waiting in line! I'm happy to say that our area of St Louis is completely sold out of red noses. I'm sorry for friends I see frantically posting about trying to find them, but I'm proud of my community for being supportive of a visible and goofy sign of support for some humorless issues.

But, hey, look. Don't take my word for it. You can watch the "William Shatner Explains Red Nose Day" trailer because...Shatner. 

1 comment:

Rajesh kumar said...

I visited your website and very much inspired by your great working with children by providing food and resources for chidren. You made a big difference in the lives of poor people. We also want to help the poor children and people who are at dumps.Here also they are suffering for Basic Needs.
Please work with us to make a difference in the lives of children and people.
I assure you that we will use your funds for the benefit of the poeple working at dumps. I will send you photos of your help and everything you need. Transperency is must in charity works. We have all the permissions as per the rules and regulation of Government of India.


My name is B.Rajesh kumar, We have a children ministry with children home consist of 100 poor and orphan children. They are from different background like Neglected, destitute , child labor and untouchables.
My father worked in a bank for 27 years and volunteerly retired for the sake of this vision about poor and orphan children. We started with 4 kids and it is amazing way that lord had used us to help the poor and orphan children.

when my father retired volunteerly from the bank, with the money he got from the bank, we have a built good building for the children and all the infrastructure.

We go to villages and slums and select some kids who really want to have education and hope in life. we have children from age 5 to 16. These kids are from different background like orphan, semi orphans, Neglected and child labour. We have put them all in one platform that is love of christ. We are trying our level best to give them good quality education, food and the most important is knowledge about Growing in Christ.

We honestly greatful to god that we have kept all our resources to provide infrastructure for these children, and now we are looking for some donors and sponsors who are strong in the lord and working for the benift of the poor and orphan children.

In India, it is very hard to get education, when children from poor family and orphan, because you will be end up with child labour, because parents or guardiance will use the children for there economical benifts which is very bad.
That's why we go to villages and slums and bring some kids and train them with some basic knowledge of maths, english, and soft skills and bible knowledge and we will send them to local public school.

That is the reason why i welcome your volunteer team or supporters can see with there eyes what we are doing for poor and orphan children. We have accomidations for volunteer teams or for families from your ministry.

I request to send some vounteers to spend with kids for couple of weeks and share their talents and resources.

We also work with 30 villages helping children with school supplies and relief programme and preaching word of god.
We also work with young poeple in poor villages please work with us to encourage the young people in christ.

Thank you