Red Nose Day recruits Bill Gates, the cast of Love Actually, and more to bolster fundraising efforts

Bill Gates for Red Nose Day

To help raise money in advance of the US Red Nose Day on May 25, which helps raise money to combat childhood hunger and poverty, a new video has been released highlighting a bevy of stars.

Contributors include Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey, Ed Sheeran, plus the cast of Love Actually including Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson and more.

The lineup of talent worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a huge sponsor and promoter of the cause – to create a video announcing that the foundation will match up to $1m in donations made to Red Nose Day in the US using Facebook’s charitable giving tools – enabling people to double the impact of their contribution.

The lighthearted video features the stars passing red noses to each other in various areas of the globe, from Julia Roberts to Bill Gates to Ben Affleck to Rowan Atkinson and others.

View the video on the Red Nose Day Facebook page.

In addition, actor and comedian, Kumail Nanjiani, also known as Silicon Valley’s very scared and hilarious Dinesh Chugtai, will be singing karaoke live on Facebook today (May 16) at 11:30am PT to help raise funds for the children that need them most.

The “The Red Nose Day Special” will bring Hollywood together to have fun, raise money and change lives will air Thursday, May 25 at 10 pm ET on NBC. The television event, hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, will be broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in support of the Red Nose Day charity campaign.

The campaign’s iconic Red Noses are available now exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide, with all profits supporting the cause.

Americans of all ages can get in on the fun and support the cause by coming together with their “Noses On”, by organizing fundraising events, and watching and donating during the special night of TV on NBC. Funds raised support children in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and some of the poorest communities in Africa, Latin America and Asia, through programs dedicated to keeping children and youth in need safe, healthy and educated.

Fans can share how they’re celebrating and supporting this year on social media at @RedNoseDayUSA and by using the hashtags #RedNoseDay and #NosesOn.

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I am a reporter for The Drum covering a wide array of topics but always trying to tell the best stories possible. I am a former west coaster from California and Portland, Oregon, now living in Pennsylvania — with time spent in NYC each week.

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