Organised by the homegrown charity Les Enfants de Frankie, Monaco’s take on Red Nose Day is back in December. Here’s how you can get involved and support the Journée Monégasque des Nez Rouges.
The very first Red Nose Day was held back in 1988 in the UK. The inaugural edition of the charity drive was televised across the nation and raised a respectable £15 million.
The concept was brought to the Principality nearly 20 years ago by Francien Giraudi, the founder of Les Enfants de Frankie and a British expat who had moved to Monaco with her family some year earlier.
For 17 years, the association, which has helped make the dreams of thousands of sick, disabled and vulnerable children living in the Principality and across southern France come true through its philanthropic events and funded experiences, embraced the classic red nose, but in 2022 decided to make a switch to a reusable shopping bag in the name of sustainability.
The big day, under the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, will be taking place on Wednesday 6th December – a date chosen specifically as it falls on the Day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children – but the bags will be on sale from Thursday 26th October at a number of sites across Monaco: all post offices, Carrefour hypermarket checkouts, certain pharmacies and partner locales.
On Wednesday 25th October and the main event day, the bags will also be sold at the Galerie Marchande in Fontvieille. The Gare SNCF de Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s central train station, will be joining in with sales on Wednesday 6th December.
The bags cost a token €2.50 each and all proceeds will go towards supporting the efforts of Les Enfants de Frankie.
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