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Necklaces for Invisible Children

Posted: December 13, 2010 by akl5086 in Africa, Charity, Children

In light of her recent trip to Uganda, celeb Kristen Bell designed a necklace in which she asks for $45 donations for Invisible Children, a charity dedicated to preventing the abduction of children and creation of child-soldiers.

A large rebel force led by Joseph Kony in Uganda has been abducting children since 1986 and has thus far abducted over 30,000 children.

The donations will go to building new schools and provide education to the area’s war-effected children. Bell claims that her good friend runs the charity and made a point to say that the donations are going to a good place and are being used wisely.

Do you think Bell makes a point to say this because she understands how much people now a days question celebrity involvement with philanthropy?

What are your thoughts?!

 

 

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Beacon of Hope or Symbol of Celanthropy?

Posted: December 13, 2010 by akl5086 in Charity, Children, Uncategorized

On Thursday, Dec. 9 crowds gathered to watch actress and UNICEF supporter Monique Coleman light the UNICEF Snowflake on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, while singer Katharine McPhee sang her own renditions of popular Christmas tunes.

The snowflake is supposed to act as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion for children worldwide during the holiday season, but what do you think?

 

They’re Backkkk….

Posted: December 8, 2010 by akl5086 in Africa, AIDs, Uncategorized

That’s right fans, your favorite celebs are back in the game. After one week of abstaining from using their social-networking accounts, celebs are logging back on to let fans know they are “alive!”

A single donation of $500,000 from pharmaceutical entrepreneur Stewart Rahr to the digital death AIDS campaign led by recording artist Alicia Keys on Monday, Dec. 6 marked the return of many popular celebs to the world of social media.

The donation was the grand finale to the AIDS campaign, which kicked off on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.  

The campaign was anticipated to be much more successful than it proved to be and furthermore generated much criticism. Although celebs reached an outward of millions of people across the nation, they were only able to convince 50,000 fans to donate the minimum of $10 for the cause, making up the other half of the $1 million total.

Leigh Blake, co-founder of the charity Keep A Child Alive, said she never expected to raise the money overnight. She was actually blown away that they were able to raise that much in one week.

If this is true, however, why has the campaign received so much criticism?

If Blake was impressed with the “short length” of the campaign why have gossip sites made the campaign into a joke?

What do you think?

Determined or Destined for Failure?

Posted: December 6, 2010 by akl5086 in Africa, AIDs, Children, Uncategorized

As of Sunday night, the total amount raised for Alicia Keys‘ “Digital Death” Campaign was roughly $296,000. Now, five days into the campaign, celebs must be facing withdrawal.

I think the fact that donations haven’t been rolling in like they were expected to and the fact that celebs are still going relatively strong with the campaign shows determination, but what do you think?

Share your opinions or vote here!

Still “Dead”

Posted: December 4, 2010 by akl5086 in Africa, AIDs, Charity, Children

It has been four days since Alicia Keys’ digital death campaign for her charity Keep A Child Alive began. The campaign involved popular celebrities signing off their Facebook, Twitter and MySpace accounts until $1 million was raised to help those affected by AIDS in Africa and India. As of Friday evening, the campaign was shy of its total by $799,326. It has thus far generated an average of $66,891 per day.

So four days into the campaign celebs are still “dead.” However, this is not quite the case for all of them. Twitter updates about the campaign have been posted to celeb accounts including Keys, Swizz Beats, Khloe Kardashian, Jay Sean and Janelle Monae.

The campaign has been criticized for two reason. First, the minimum donation is $10, gossip columns have reported that fans would be more willing to give up the few dollars they spend on coffee rather than the $10 they could spend on the celebs’ new CD on iTunes, which I think is an excellent point. Asking for a minimum of $10 in this current economy is a bit much, people would be much more willing to donate a few dollars. The second reason for criticism stems  from the overall concept of the campaign, with celebs out of the social media game, awareness and reach of the campaign is limited. It was suggested that celebs should have “threatened” to die a digital death one by one until the $1 million was raised, this way they could continuously promote the campaign on their accounts.

I think the second point of criticism speaks highly of communication in current society. In cutting off their communications with fans and the world via their most valuable source of communication, they have limited their outreach. I think essentially people who follow these celebrities regularly have more than less become accustomed to the lack of constant updates rather than become more motivated to donate to get their beloved celebs back in the social networking circle.

At this rate, the campaign is said to last for 11 more days unless something drastic happens in which fans become more motivated to donate money.

Updates to come!

Follow Up: World AIDS Day

Posted: December 1, 2010 by akl5086 in Uncategorized

Alicia Keys is "DEAD"

Today is December 1st; World AIDS day and day dedicated to raising $1 million dollars for Alicia Keys‘ charity, Keep A Child Alive. For 24 hours celebs including Kim Kardashian, Elijah Wood, Serena Williams will say goodbye to Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. That’s right fans, for the next 24 hours you will not know the whereabouts of your beloved celebs.

Check out the Photo Gallery of Celebs Playing Dead –> New York Post