Ed Sheeran delivered a heartfelt performance of his inspirational acoustic anthem “What Do I Know?” during BBC One’s March 24 broadcast of Comic Relief’s 2017 Red Nose Day TV special. He implores the audience and viewers at large to “pick up the phone and donate anything you can” before he launches into the song.
While some cyberspace reports are clamoring about the fact that the Grammy-winning pop star makes a slight lyrical stumble during the first verse, Sheeran’s resounding message in the uplifting song rings loud and clear: “Love can change the world in a moment.” Loyal Sheerios find the small blunder endearing because we’re all human, after all, aren’t we?
As the humble British native singer strums, a video montage of his emotional trip to Liberia plays on a large screen behind him. Sheeran met several homeless children during the eye-opening trip. Some of them are featured in the moving clip, including Peaches, who dreams of being a musician. She proudly holds Sheeran’s guitar as they walk through the crowded slum.
Another boy Sheeran met named JD, dreams of being president to change the lives of those around him. School children hold up chalkboard signs in the clip naming engineer and doctor, as professions they aspire to achieve one day.
Millions of children struggle to survive in horrific slum conditions in West Africa. Many became orphaned after losing parents and other family members to the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. School is an impossible, unattainable privilege to these solitary, hungry, and homeless kids that must work diligently to just keep themselves alive.
Monies raised via Red Nose Day UK are distributed in Africa and the UK. Funds will help feed the hungry, give kids everything they need to go to school, and combat domestic violence, malaria and mental illness. Any donation, big or small, will make a positive impact in some way.
You can watch Ed Sheeran’s entire Red Nose Day acoustic performance in the attached video clip.
Click here to find out more about making an online donation to Red Nose Day.
A Red Nose Day special will also air in here in the US on May 25 on NBC.
Ed Sheeran is currently touring to support his third studio album, Divide. Click here for information on AXS-ticketed shows.