It’s a pity that Red Nose Day is not as big an occasion as it used to be. For many South Africans, myself included, Red Nose Day used to be a day of fun and charity, where one could purchase a comical red nose to wear for a day in support of a great cause – Child Welfare South Africa.

Red Nose Day is nowadays overlooked a lot more than say, 20 years ago. Back then, and I’m referring to the early 90’s here, everybody donned the much-loved red nose for a day. The real reason for its fall from the public eye is inadequate funding, more specifically a lack of budget in recent times. If anything, the plight of South African children in need has only escalated since the heydey of Red Nose Day, and this charitable cause is now more valid than ever.

For 93 years, Child Welfare South Africa has helped make a difference to the lives of our children in need. Now on the brink of collapse, social workers have had to be laid off and two homes closed – a sad state of the times indeed. It is estimated that around 2 million children will be affected when this happens.

In spite of this, a resurgence is happening. There are a few hard-working individuals striving to bring Red Nose Day back to what it once was, and in recent times, celebrities among the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran have come on board for the cause. A raffle competition has been set up where a R50 donation to Child Welfare South Africa will see your name go into a draw to win some truly fantastic prizes:

  1. Tickets to see Justin Bieber live and a surprise gift from him. 
  2. Tickets to see Ed Sheeran live and a surprise gift from him. 
  3. Surprise gifts from the Vampire Diaries team. 
  4. Shopping gift vouchers. 

Donations can be made to the following account – remember to include your full name with “RT” at the end as a reference. Follow Save Child Welfare SA on Facebook for updates.

FNB
RED NOSE DAY SA
62643764047
204-209
REF: Full name RT

Visit the dedicated website to read more and to do your part to help make a difference in the lives of our children in need.

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Justin

Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When he's not covering a story, Justin can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and herbalism student.