How Justin Bieber is contributing to ‘Yolanda’ aid
MANILA — Justin Bieber took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo of a graffiti, which the Canadian superstar reportedly drew himself to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.
The photo showed the 19-year-old singer posing similarly to the drawing of hands clasped in prayer. The figure is surrounded with the words “Pray 4 Philippines” and “JB,” the heartthrob performer’s initials.
Captioned “We all can help,” the photo, as of writing, already had over 660,000 likes and 12,000 comments.
According to a report published on the popular American celebrity news website TMZ, Bieber drew the spray-paint art last Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the typhoon victims in Visayas.
“The plan is to auction off the spray cans, and a signed pic of the wall, and donate the money to a soon-to-be named Philippines typhoon relief group,” the report said.
Citing a source, the report further noted that Bieber “wants to ‘get involved’ in efforts to restore the Philippines, and this is his first step.”
As of November 19, the death toll from “Yolanda” was already 3,982, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The total number of injured, as of Tuesday, was at 18,266 while 1,602 remained missing.
The NDRRMC said more than 10 million people were affected by the super typhoon, said to be the strongest on record to make landfall, with over 4 million now in various evacuation centers.
Bieber is not the first foreign celebrity to lend aid to the victims of “Yolanda.” Several international stars from British boy band One Direction to Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson have taken part in urging relief efforts for the survivors of the calamity.