Justin Bieber generosity and kindness to youngsters in need continues. Following news that his successful Purpose World Tour has grossed around $200 million since last year, the superstar’s ongoing donations to Pencils of Promise rises to $2.2 million — and counting.
Bieber donates $1 to the Pencils of Promise organization (PoP) from every Purpose Tour ticket sold.
PoP is a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools, providing resources, and increasing access to education for children in the developing world.
It was founded in 2008 by Adam Braun, who is the brother of Bieber’s longtime manager Scooter Braun. As of last year, PoP has built over 330 schools and helped over 35,000 children in developing countries.
Billboard reports the first box office counts are in from the Canadian star’s second year of his worldwide trek to date.
Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour Nears $200 Million in Earnings https://t.co/mgHr0iDCEH
— billboardbiz (@billboardbiz) April 6, 2017
The music publication writes, “the first 10 concerts of 2017 totals $40 million, bringing the tour’s overall gross to just under $200 million since launching in March 2016.”
Bieber’s massive Purpose World Tour kicked off in Seattle, Washington on March 9, 2016. Billboard adds that since 2016 “more than 2.2 million tickets have been sold at 122 headlining performances worldwide.”
Databox Live got more specific. The site notes 2,229,881 tickets were purchased in 122 sold out shows so far.
In 2016, the pop icon’s tour played arenas in 82 cities spanning across North America and Europe. 2017 saw an upgrade to stadiums.
— Databox Live (@databoxlive) April 4, 2017
Justin Bieber Has Raised $1. 5 Million — And Counting — To Build Schools For Impoverished Children https://t.co/EtN174jb5o
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) December 14, 2016
When Databox Live reported Purpose Tour box office last December, those figures came just before the news that more concerts were to be added. At the time, Bieber’s rolling contribution to Pencils of Promise from his Purpose Tour was reported as around $1.5 million.
Back in May, PoP named Justin as their first global Ambassador. Natalie Ebel — director of marketing for the organization — explained the history of Bieber’s involvement with the organization to Teen Vogue.
“Justin has been a member of the PoP family since the early days,” Ebel told the magazine.
“Around the time that he was just a 13-year-old kid with a guitar on YouTube, he met our founder — Adam Braun…who told him about the organization he had recently started,” Natalie said, recalling the Biebs’ career start in 2007.
Elaborating, she continued, “Since then, Justin’s been a dedicated supporter, truly believing in our mission to provide education for all. Over the years, he’s donated millions of dollars to this organization, which funded dozens of schools and provided access to quality education for thousands of students.”
The director said that as a result of the singer’s committed support to funding, PoP has already started to build seven new schools in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Further builds are planned elsewhere.
Ebel also revealed Bieber donated $1 from every ticket sold on his “My World” and “Believe” tours to Pencils of Promise.
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) May 7, 2016
In October 2013, Justin and Scooter visited an in-progress school build in a poor Guatemalan community in Central America.
The singer subsequently posted a video about the trip titled “Guatemala Video Confession: Giving is the best.”
In what was evidently an emotive trip to the school-building site, Justin described it as “one of the most magical days of his life,” because he could “make a difference” with his “own hands” for the impoverished villagers he met in Guatemala.
Videos showed Bieber physically helping to build the school and making a connection with a little local girl. At one point the singer removed his own shoes and gave them to a young boy.
Toward the end of the video, Justin urged his fans to “make a difference” in their lives.
Fast forward to the now updated box office statistics for the Purpose World Tour. Based on ticket sales, Bieber’s running donation to PoP is now at $2.2 million — and counting. It is estimated that he will donate around $4 million in total to the organization when his global trek finally wraps in September 2017.
In addition to his sizable, and continuing, PoP donations, Justin also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has done since 2009.
The “Sorry” singer meets children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses through Make-A-Wish at almost every show on his current Purpose Tour. Similar meets took place during his Believe (2012-13) and My World (2010-11) tours.
In 2013, the Biebs set a record — at that time, 200 — for granting more “wishes” than any recording artist. That figure is now reportedly over 300 “wishes.”
Heartbroken mother thanks Justin Bieber for kindness to terminally ill daughter https://t.co/er9879hS7c
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 28, 2016
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) May 14, 2016
Justin Bieber Inspires Teen Fan Amid Cancer Battle, Helps Music Therapy Donation Appeal https://t.co/lRAOUEJXaJ
— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) November 29, 2016
Justin, ontem, durante Meet&Greet com fãs escolhidas pelo projeto Make-A-Wish. pic.twitter.com/SVdb0P51sk
— Bieber Fever Brasil (@bieberfbra) March 30, 2017
— CAPRICHO (@CAPRICHO) April 3, 2017
After comparing the experience to being in a “safe and happy place,” the 16-year-old revealed he and Bieber hugged and talked about music and life.
The two also spoke about Pedro’s cancer. The fan kept the details of what Justin said private, but recalled the Grammy winner was “moved” by his story and spoke comfortingly to him.
“I’m not going to say exactly what he said, but be sure it was the words of someone very humble and with a big heart,” Pedro shared.
The teen’s cousin also praised the pop star in an emotional account which can be read here. For Pedro’s part, he summed up his meet with Justin saying, “Without a doubt, I would like to live forever that feeling and that moment.”
At his second São Paulo concert the following night (April 2), Bieber met a young girl with a life-threatening illness.
Thamires Santos, 17, subsequently posted a series of tweets describing her “Wish” experience.
She shared that she was “very happy” to have met Justin and said [his music] has taught her “never to give up on her dreams.”
— thamis (@goldenliarr) April 4, 2017
At Justin’s most recent concert in Lima, Peru, one young Make-A-Wish fan got the chance to sing with him backstage.
The fan also gifted the heartthrob with a necklace with a “Beliebers” detail.
“I was nervous, I couldn’t look him in the eye. He’s beautiful in all the senses!” the young girl said of her meet.
Previously, the Inquisitr has noted that Bieber’s long-standing support of the Make-A-Wish foundation and Pencils Of Promise is under-reported by the media.
What is evident in most headlines and predominant tone of the media’s Bieber-narrative, is its preference for over-the-top speculation about his personal life, mean-spirited clickbait, often fabricated stories, and judgment when the singer gets understandably frustrated with fans who ignore his “no photos” policy.
Why understandable? Justin announced his “no photos” decision last May, explaining in an Instagram post that the constant — and frequently aggressive — demands of selfie-obsessed people makes him feel like a “zoo animal.” It’s not hard to try and imagine the level of mental and personal space bombardment he faces daily.
Yet despite his photo ban, Bieber has never stopped chatting with fans in impromptu meets, as countless random users’ social media posts since last May reveal. It is also bizarre that other celebrities who never, or rarely, take photos with fans receive little to no flak at all.
The irony that Bieber tells his fans that he appreciates them at every concert, meets with Make-A-Wish youngsters after nearly every Purpose World Tour show, and is on track to donate around $4 million to funding school builds in developing countries this year — is undeniable.
Photos of Justin with a Make-a-Wish fan backstage in Denmark! pic.twitter.com/6u0BiXmMYq
— Purpose Tour Updates (@PurposeTourInfo) October 16, 2016
thank you for being the cutest, sweetest human ever. i love you. pic.twitter.com/Ht0ZlNKuiJ
— ali (@johnsonsbloom) June 14, 2016
— I MET JUSTIN!! (@queenbiebs_z) April 22, 2017
Photo of Justin backstage at his show with a Make-A-Wish fan. So cute! pic.twitter.com/m6ZlMhymS0
— Purpose Tour Updates (@PurposeTourInfo) July 9, 2016
— Marcy Jones (@MarcyJonesFox10) April 2, 2016
— Make-A-Wish North AB (@MakeAWishNAB) June 18, 2016
— evie hope bieber (@eviehwhittaker) October 27, 2016
— Bieber Novidade (@BieberNovidade) February 20, 2017
— Principe do Pop" (@OficialPDP1) February 19, 2017
Fotos do Justin Bieber com fãs da Make A Wish no backstage do show hoje na Australia. pic.twitter.com/PfWqEnD6AS
— Bieber Novidade (@BieberNovidade) March 13, 2017
Fotos de Justin Bieber en el backstage con fans de Make-A-Wish en Zúrich, Suecia. (Noviembre, 17) pic.twitter.com/eUQIHXlQn0
— Justin Bieber Crew (@JBCrewOficial) November 18, 2016
— JBFollowHelp (@JBFollowHelpFIN) November 4, 2016
Video of Justin Bieber with a fan from Make-A-Wish in Bologna, Italy pic.twitter.com/SPNhLs92gk
— Justin Bieber Army (@JustinArmy) December 2, 2016
— Make-A-Wish Panamá (@MakeAWishPanama) April 22, 2017
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