On Monday morning, the week-old Keep a Child Alive campaign had raised around a third of its $1 million goal to support families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa, according to a tally on its donations website.
By the end of the day they hit a cool mil. How?
Thanks to a huge donation of $500,000 from billionaire pharmaceutical exec Stewart Rahr, all the celebs — including organizer Alicia Keys and Kim Kardashian — can again hit up their social media accounts, which they all abandoned until the money was raised.
“I am back from the dead!” Kardashian announced Monday evening. “Thank you all so much for your donations and contributions! I have missed u all so much!!!”
Keys announced Monday that the charity reached its $1 million fund-raising goal in honor of last week’s World AIDS Day. She made sure to give Rahr a major shout-out for stepping up to the plate.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the fans, friends and artists who joined this cause,” said Keys.
“I’m incredibly inspired by all of the donations that have been made to help us achieve our goal and so humbled by the outpour of support from everyone.
Stewart Rahr has been a steadfast advocate of KCA and his generosity this time around is simply incredible.”
A slew of celebrities — including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Ryan Seacrest — signed off Twitter and Facebook last Wednesday and asked their fans to donate to the charity. But after day one of the campaign, the charity had raised about $160,000.
According to New York Post sources, organizers expected to reach the donation goal in a week. But after it became clear it was going to take much longer, participating celebs became frustrated, and at least one of them — here’s looking at you, Usher — began Tweeting on Sunday.
“It’s the worst mismanagement of star power I’ve ever seen in my life,” said a source close to the program.
According to Post sources, technical problems and an overestimation of the stars’ influence also played a role in slow fund-raising receipts. Regardless, the money has been raised and the celebs have been revived.
Keep a Child Alive is dedicated to providing life-saving treatment, care and support services to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India by directly engaging the global public in the fight against AIDS.
Originally reported by PopEater.com. Read the original article here.