Posted by: Regina | November 1, 2007

‘Idol’ Donations to Africa Filter Down

I’m always profoundly disappointed when as soon as the topic of charities and donations come up, someone swipes it down saying that the monies never get to the people who need help. Yes, of course, there are corrupt and selfish people who will steal and defraud, but there are many who do want to help.

Here is a story about a lot of money getting to the people who need help.

‘Idol’ Donations to Africa Filter Down
“American Idol” viewers will never see this particular performance of anti-AIDS songs and dances in a modest community hall, but they helped pay for it.

After a star-studded “American Idol” extravaganza in April raised more than $75 million, the money is trickling down to charities in the United States and Africa. Five charities working in Africa each received $6 million, including an anti-AIDS peer education program where students fuse “What a Wonderful World” with African opera and break-dancing with traditional rhythms.

“In the cemetery there’s young people. The youth are dying,” said Mzamo Ngemntu, a 23-year-old peer educator in Khayelitsha, an impoverished Cape Town district of a million people. He said the project is all that stopped him from joining his many friends either in jail or in a grave.

The campaign called “Idol Gives Back” is the latest in a long line of high-profile efforts to raise funds for Africa by celebrities such as Bono, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. This celebrity charity tends to help both the celebrity and the charity; the show was touted as “American Idol'”s biggest, drawing 70 million votes in a single night…”

There is much more to this article, but it’s all essentially good news of a lot of money getting to those who need it. So the next time you get a Negative Nelly (or Nelson) claiming that charitable donations are a sham, this might be a good article to show them.

Source: Washington Post – ‘Idol’ Donations to Africa Filter Down

The American Idol: Idol Gives Back website.

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