Justin Bieber may be world famous for his music records, but he is also on track to break Make-A-Wish’s record for granting more wishes than any other musician in the foundation’s 33 year history.
The news comes via the singer’s manager Scott “Scooter”Braun who gave Bieber a heads up on Twitter while en route to South Korea for his other global artist Psy’s Saturday stadium show:
Braun’s tweet read:
“Hey @ justinbieber u r on track to grant more wishes than any other musician in the history of Make a Wish! Very proud of u! #giveback.”
Last year, World Wrestling Entertainment superstar wrestler John Cena was honored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation for granting the most wishes by an individual in its history. At the time, his wish count was 250 but now exceeds 300.
Bieber’s relationship with the Phoenix based nonprofit organization that makes dreams come true for children battling life-threatening medical conditions, is a similarly impressive one and has been ongoing since 2009. In fact, four Make-A-Wish children featured in his 2010 video for his single “Pray.”
In 2011, the Canadian received Make-A-Wish’s “Chris Greicius Celebrity Award” for outstanding dedication to wish granting. The foundation praised not only his wish granting but the wider philanthropy the teen undertakes through his online Believe Charity Drive.
Currently standing at $1,192,004 in funds raised, Team Bieber announced the drive on November 1, 2011 in a tie-in with the release of his Christmas album, Under theMistletoe.
Partial proceeds of the album’s sales went to Make-A-Wish, Pencils of Promise and various other charities. The singer also encouraged his fan base to choose one of the charities named in the drive to support one that “speaks” to them.
Bieber’s philanthropy continued.
In December 2011, in addition to Bieber’s previous donation of $10,000 and a guitar to auction to his hometown’s Stratford Food Bank — a place his mother Patti Mallette had sometimes turned to for help in the past — the teen star paid a surprise visit to the center to donate food just days before Christmas.
His performance at Massey Hall in that same month for a charity fundraising show went on to raise $500,000 with proceeds split between the Children’s Wish Foundation, Sunnybrook Health Services and Project Medishare. Bieber also donated $100,000 — which was also matched by Target — to Las Vegas’ Whitney Elementary.
By early 2012, Bieber had notched up 90 wishes granted for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While the figures for his current wish count are not yet available, he outpaces any other musician that works with the Foundation.
The 19-year-old is also involved in ongoing fund raising to support the efforts of Avalanna Routh’s parents whose six-year-old daughter — and a huge fan of the singer who became known as “Mrs. Bieber” — died last fall from a rare form of brain cancer called Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor.
The singer also recently expressed his support for Def Jam founder Russell Simmons’ End the War on Drugs campaign and has encouraged his fans to do the same.
Amid the generally negative headlines dominating the media’s focus, in the interests of balance a little time spent on this aspect of Bieber seems only fair.