I’m not a fan of Justin Bieber‘s music. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it. it’s just not my kind of thing.
No one can deny however that he is many peoples ‘thing’. And he wields an incredible amount of power and influence.
So it’s great to see him use that power and influence for good.
To celebrate his 18th birthday, Bieber announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he’d be giving up his birthday for charity: water. He has asked fans to donate $18 to the charity and even consider giving up their birthday and having people send money to the charity instead.
This is the second-consecutive year Bieber has asked his fans to donate to charity: water for his birthday. When he turned 17, he raised $47,148 through donations made by 2,357 of his fans, most of whom gave $17. Bieber is promoting the campaign exclusively through Facebook and Twitter, two networks where he has nearly unmatched followings among celebrities.
So often celebrities use their influence and power to market products in order to make them more money. It’s great to see Bieber use his influence for good.
This could be a great little discussion starter for your youth group.