Celebrities Reach Out To Fans To Donate To Africa Famine Crisis

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 09, 2011

150 celebrities such as Beyonce, Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and more have joined forces to promote the “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend” campaign via social media to raise awareness for the famine crisis in Eastern Africa.

The campaign, found at imgonnabeyourfriend.org, plays the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ song, High Tide or Low Tide, and is accompanied by tragic video of children malnourished in Africa, which can be found embedded below.

According to the United Nations, 3.6 million people are at risk of starvation in Somalia, and 12 million people are at risk across Horn of Africa, including in Ethiopia and Kenya. The UN agency has called a high-level meeting to help overcome the crisis.

Donations that come in, as promoted by the celebrities through Twitter, will rebuild agriculture and fight hunger as the crisis only seems to worsen by the day. Additionally, if you can’t donate, a simple donation of $1.29 can be done if you download High Tide or Low Tide.

According to campaign organizers, outreach by celebrities is expected to reach 730 million people alone and more than 1 billion people overall. Partners such as Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, MSN, Youtube, Twitter, and Universal Music Group are also involved.


  • Davcorradini

    Why not send that money to the non profit organizations for wounded warriors, there the won’s who are going to have to take care of our troops who are going to be sent there to help…Watch it will happen..Somolia all over again…Black hawk down…

    • Davcorradini

      It’s late and my spelling sucks because I’m tired…sorry..

  • Anonymous

    Celebrities should reach out to other celebrities. They are the ones with all the money..

  • myob

    I don’t see how they expect people to keep donating money to africa there will always be starvaion we cannot help it I don’t have money to give to others hwn my family is just above making it sorry

    • guest

      Your right there is always starvation in the world, but when thousands of helpless children are dying while where here sitting with a roof over our heads with or without ac and we have food and water. Thats why they expect people to donate whatever they can. Your just another example of a selfish American. How hard is it to donate $1.00?

  • Jml_turner

    I’ve been unemployed for months, I only got a few hundred dollars left, but that won’t stop me from sharing whatever I have left. PPl say they are broke but they have $ to buy fast food, starbucks, & go to the movies. Most ppl have atleast .50¢ to donate, if they really wanted to. How we treat these kids will determine the survival of other children in future disasters. 600,00 children are at risk of starving @ a time when the world has the most food in history. Investing even a small sum to save a child is better then buyinh the rarest diamond in the world.

  • Guest

    All these celebrities have billions of dollars why don’t they donate few billion, which I’m sure a few have but it’s not enough apparently. That money could save so many children from starving. It’s so sad how selfish and careless people are these days