Watch Ed Sheeran's Touching Trip to Liberia in Support of Red Nose Day
Ed Sheeran's charitable trip to Liberia is giving us all the FriYAY feels.
In a video released today by Comic Relief, the non-profit organization behind Red Nose Day, the "Shape of You" crooner can be seen spending a few days in West Point, the largest and reportedly most dangerous slum in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. During his trip to the township in December 2016, Sheeran can be seen visiting projects that use funds raised through Red Nose Day to support disadvantaged children there.
He walks through the township with his guitar, lets the children play his instrument, and plays it for them too with a big smile on his face. Sheeran also gets visibly emotional as he spends time with the kids and listens to their stories.
According to Comic Relief, an estimated 75,000 people in Monrovia live without clean water or access to sanitation.
"Nothing can prepare you for what you'll see visiting a place like Monrovia," Sheeran said in a statement. "There are so many kids in such desperate situations—but there is also hope. For those who watch my videos for Red Nose Day, I hope that you are moved as much as I was, and contribute to this incredibly important cause. Now, more ever, I believe that together we can save and change millions of children's lives in the US and around the world."
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Founder of Red Nose Day Richard Curtis gushed over Sheeran's involvement with the charity, saying, "It's a wonderful thing that Ed has lent his name, his voice, his time and his music to help out this year's Red Nose Day campaign. Every dollar his videos raise will help in our grand project of coming together to end child poverty, abroad and in the USA—one nose and one child at a time."
The video is set to the singer-songwriter's "What Do I Know," but it's just the first of a few Red Nose Day videos that he appears in. To help drive even more awareness to issues children in Liberia face daily—and raise money for them—Sheeran also appears in two more films about two of the children he met during his time there—Peaches and JD.
The Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty returns to the U.S. on May 25, in conjunction with the a night of special programming and the third annual "Red Nose Day Special" on NBC.