Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to be a nonprofit partner for the second Red Nose Day to take place on May 26, 2016. The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of childhood poverty and social injustice through the power of entertainment. Proceeds from Red Nose Day events are awarded to projects “on the ground” that address the immediate needs of children. In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Native Services received Red Nose Day funds, and 90% of those will be used to build capacity and support increases in average daily attendance in Native Clubs.
As part of their “50 States, 50 Stories” web series for Red Nose Day, Walgreens and Comic Relief (two of the lead sponsors of Red Nose Day) produced a short video showing the amazing work that is being done in the Sipayik Boys & Girls Club in Perry, Maine, a unit of the Penobscot Boys & Girls Club. The video features the Club, located on the Pleasant Point Native Reservation in northeastern Maine, and the dedicated staff who give local children a safe, warm place to go after school where they can play and learn about their traditions and rich culture.
“The most important thing we do here is culture,” Unit Director Joe McLaughlin remarks during the video, “That is our foundation. I think it is a very important thing for them to feel comfortable in who they are. In our language, there is no word for ‘I give up.’ To me, that means we do have to figure out a way to invest in our youth.”
This year, Red Nose Day events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring comedians, musicians, and Hollywood stars. Viewers at home will be encouraged to make donations by phone and online to support Red Nose Day and their organizational partners, including BGCA Native Services.
Please join BGCA Native Services in celebrating Red Nose Day and having some fun on May 26th!