Red Nose Day 2017

When Elissa, Dayan and I decided to pack our red noses, in honor of Red Nose Day this year, we thought we would be taking selfies of the experience in Rome. After storms yesterday diverted our plane and then greatly delayed our arrival in Charlotte, our travel itinerary changed. We missed our international flight from Charlotte to Rome. Thousands of other fliers missed their connecting flights as well. 

It was not a happy place last night at the Charlotte Airport as weary travelers struggled to find flights out. 

Through an incredible series of miraculous events, which I will write about when I am not so exhausted, we were placed on the “sold out” last flight out of Charlotte, bound for London. They even delayed the plane until we were onboard. Numb with fatigue but grateful, we arrived in London late this morning. This evening we will catch a connecting flight from London to Rome, arriving at last! 

Red Nose Day 2017
And London happens to be the perfect place to take a Red Nose Day selfie, and wear our wrist bands. We popped on the noses just long enough to take a pic. It is really the donation made to purchase the red noses that is important. 

Because Red Nose Day isn’t just about sporting a clown nose. Begun in England in 1988, Red Nose Day raises funds to help impoverished children around the world. The US joined the yearly event in 2015. Billions of dollars have been raised to date, to keep kids safe, healthy and educated. 

Celebrities and the entertainment industry have supported Red Nose Day for years, using their influence to bring in donations. We certainly aren’t famous, me, my daughter and grandson…however, we believe in this cause, and improving the lives of children globally. 

In a couple of hours we will board a plane for Italy. The tour officially starts in the morning. I am grateful we have made it this far, and we will arrive only a bit behind schedule. I am grateful to wear a red nose once a year too, to donate funds and raise awareness about a worthy cause. 

My next blog post will be from Rome…minus the bright red nose!

Red Nose Day 2017

Breakfast with the Doctors

My attention today has been focused on the upcoming Italy trip. May 24 I will fly to that beautiful country, accompanied by my daughter Elissa and my grandson Dayan. I had a list of purchases to make and several tasks to complete. One by one I have checked them off as the day progressed. 

Seemingly unrelated to the Italy trip was this item: Red Nose Day  And even more unrelated were the words I added next to Red Nose Day: Doctor Who

Breakfast with the Doctors

Red Nose Day is held annually on May 25. You can make a donation to the retailer, Walgreens, and receive a bright red rubber nose to wear on that day. The money collected goes toward helping to fight childhood poverty around the world. 

The movement began in the UK in 1988 and has raised more than one billion dollars globally. The US joined Red Nose Day activities in 2015 and in just two years has raised more than sixty million to assist children. 

Breakfast with the Doctors
Breakfast with the Doctors

Elissa, Dayan, Greg and I participated in Red Nose Day last year, making donations and sporting our noses on May 25. It is a fun way to raise awareness and help children. 

The cool thing about Red Nose Day is that it is tied to the entertainment industry. Many actors, musicians, performers and comedians participate, donning red noses and contributing funds, and their time, as they create projects to raise money. 

Imagine my delight, on the day I intended to make a donation, to discover that seven of the actors who have played the Doctor on the iconic and long running TV series, Doctor Who, have created a fun joint project. These seven men are sitting down together, in London, to have breakfast, and they have extra seats available. For a donation of $10 or more, one can be entered into the contest. The higher the donation, the higher the number of entries. The winners will be selected randomly June 9.

Breakfast with the Doctors
Breakfast with the Doctors

For a Whovian like me, this was a delightful and unexpected turn of events! I happily made my donation today through the US website, securing entries into the drawing. I was going to make a donation anyway, however what a fun prospect. 

Dayan and I met two of the Doctors at a St Louis ComicCon in April 2016…Matt Smith (11) and David Tennant (10). We enjoyed chatting with these sincere and humorous men. I would love to meet the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi (12), who will be present at the breakfast as well. The other four actors participating are Peter Davison (5), Colin Baker (6), Sylvester McCoy (7), and Paul McGann (8). Davison also happens to be Tennant’s father-in-law. And McCoy is known for playing Radigast the Brown wizard in The Hobbit films. 

Breakfast with the Doctors

What an amazing breakfast that would be. And I could take one guest with me. I love that these compassionate men are donating their time to help raise money for such a worthy cause. 

I was thrilled to cross this item off my list, in such a remarkable way, knowing my donation has been made. 

On May 25, Elissa, Dayan and I will be in Rome. We are packing our red noses. On Red Nose Day we will pause in our sightseeing to pop on our noses and strike a pose. What an incredible photo opportunity that will be! 

Breakfast with the Doctors
You can make a donation HERE if you would like to enter the Breakfast with the Doctors contest. 

Red Nose Day

I missed the launch of this special event last year. Sponsored by Walgreens, Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun. Proceeds benefit kids and young people in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world.

Walgreens sells red rubber noses, as symbols of fun. The money is donated to the organization and the bright cherry nose can be worn to both show support and engage the playful side. 

I purchased my nose a month or more ago, and looked forward to wearing it today. I also researched the organization. Donations start at $1. That dollar feeds one child in a homeless shelter. $7 purchases books and supplies to help kids stay up on their reading skills over the summer. $15 will keep a child safe and off the streets for a week. 

Learn more and make a donation HERE

Tonight celebrities have gathered for a live 2 hour special event, providing entertainment and encouraging donations. When I last checked in, more than $3 million dollars had been raised. Imagine what can be accomplished for children around the world with that amount. 

I showed property early this morning, and when I returned home, I saw my nose on the dining room table. I’d forgotten it! As I worked in my home office, I happily wore the red nose. I cracked myself up, every time I caught my image reflected back to me from the computer screen. 

Greg sported his own red nose this afternoon. What fun we had surprising daughter Adriel and her fiancĂ© Nate with our noses in place when we met them late this afternoon. I caught Greg in a pensive pose staring out a window, the bright red nose an interesting counterpoint to his thoughtful expression. 

This was a fun event. Red Nose Day allowed my silly side freedom to play. And as I joined thousands of other red nose wearers across the US and the UK, it thrilled me to know that together, we are making a difference in the lives of many, many children. 

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

I might add, that you can also shake the world in a fun way.