Posted on Tue Mar 1, 2011 01:25 PM PDT
When you're a 17-year-old multi-millionaire the only thing left to ask for on your birthday is for your adoring fans to donate to charity!
And Justin Bieber did just that when he encouraged fans to make a pledge to Charity: Water in lieu of sending him gifts.
On the organization's website, Justin wrote:
- "I have had an incredible year and it is all due to the fans helping me live my dream. I'm turning 17 years old on Tuesday, and have so much to be grateful for!
So this year, I really want my birthday to be all about helping others. Instead of asking for gifts, I'm asking friends, family and fans to consider donating $17 for my 17th birthday to help make a change.
100% of all donations go directly to building clean water projects in developing countries with charity: water, and we'll be able to see photos and GPS of the projects we helped build!
Together, we've made a big difference for many causes. Did you know that about 4,500 kids die each day from waterborne disease? By building clean water projects for villages that need them, we can prevent this!
I want to make my birthday matter this year -- let's make it so more kids can grow up to have a 17th birthday like me. Join me to make a change.
I'm really so grateful for my family, friends and fans -- and I believe we can do something big to help bring clean water to people in need. Even if you don't have $17 to give I just ask you to go out in your community and try and make a positive difference. Even the smallest act of kindness can go a long way.
Thanks and God Bless!"
Never underestimate the power of the Beliebers -- even though the campaign's goal was to raise just $17,000, fans have already donated over $30 million dollars as of press time.
That's MORE than what his 3D film, Never Say Never, grossed at the box office on opening weekend!
Never Say Never brought in $29,514,054 on opening weekend, but its total after 17 days stands at $62,963,741. His birthday isn't even half over, so can fans top his box office gross with donations to charity?
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