Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake have raised $1 million for charity by giving up their digital lives.
Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga & JT
The singers are among stars who gave up their twitter accounts, Facebook pages and curtailed activity on other social networking sites from last Wednesday (December 1, 2010) - World AIDS Day - to raise money for the Keep a Child Alive charity, which is spearheaded by Alicia and treats children affected by the disorder.
Justin marked his return to the internet by thanking supporters for their donations.
He tweeted: "Justin Timberlake is alive! We raised $1mil to help KCA fight AIDS. Thank you so much and never stop buying life!(sic)"
After the celebrities
- which also included Kim Kardashian, radio host Ryan Seacrest, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Lenny Kravitz amongst others - reached their goal yesterday (December 6, 2010) Alicia gave her thanks.
She said: "From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the fans, friends and artists who stood together for this cause and saved real lives. I am humbled by the outpour of support from everyone."
In less than a week $500,000 was raised from public donations before the figure was rounded up to the required $1 million by billionaire Stewart Rahr.
Leigh Blake, co-founder of the Keep A Child alive organization, said: "Although we never expected to raise $1 million overnight, we are completely blown away that we were able to achieve our goal in less than a week."
"Over 3,600 people have joined the fight and sacrificed their own digital lives for this important cause, and we intend to continue this movement."