George Michael secretly donated 99,000 pounds to Aids charity

Feb 27, 2017, 08:39 IST | Agencies

Careless Whispers singer George Michael, who passed away on Christmas last year, donated £99,000 to an Aids charity in Africa after hearing about it on a television show. Omwabini, meaning rescue, provides accommodation and education to 500 children orphaned by Aids in the East African country

George Michael
George Michael

Careless Whispers singer George Michael, who passed away on Christmas last year, donated £99,000 to an Aids charity in Africa after hearing about it on a television show. Omwabini, meaning rescue, provides accommodation and education to 500 children orphaned by Aids in the East African country.

The Reverend Mary Austin, a trustee of the Friends of Omwabini in the UK, made the revelation in a letter to the publishing house. She wrote, "Since the death of George Michael, much has been revealed about his generosity... What hasn't been said is that after a contestant on the show mentioned that he was raising money for a project in West Kenya, Michael got in touch and made a donation of £99,000 to this small organisation, working with victims of HIV/Aids."

Austin said George's 2009 donation made a "huge difference" to the charity. After his death, many of George's secret acts of kindness came to light, including his volunteer work in a homeless shelter, a £25,000 donation to a stranger in debt, and millions of pounds of donations to Childline.

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