So, earlier in the week we pulled together just seven of the many times YouTubers had done something incredible for charity. From Zalfie meeting up with Rays of Sunshine to PewDiePie raising a over £1 million for charity, we thought we’d covered everything. But it turns out our fave Internet stars are even MORE charitable than we thought (if that’s even possible?). So here are even more times YouTubers did something incredible for charity.
Emma Blackery, the YouTuber most known for her ever-changing colourful hair, shaved it all off at one of the largest YouTube conventions – all for charity. That’s right, Emma went bald at Summer in the City in 2014 on a stage in front of 7,000 people. Her original goal on her Indiegogo fundraising page was £10,000 but she reached that figure within a couple of hours and ended with a HUGE total of £26,000. The donations were split between five equally amazing charities: Save The Children, Teenage Cancer Trust, St Lukes Hospice, Great Ormand Street Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Creating a boyband
This has got to be, hands down, one of our favourite things in the ENTIRE world. Marcus, Joe, Caspar, Jim and Alfie all took to singing for Sport Relief in 2014. Little Mix may have had the honour of singing the official charity single but our five favourite YouTubers nailed a cover of McFly’s It’s All About You(Tube). The aim of the video was to encourage people to give to Sport Relief with a link in the description of the video to the donation page. Even though we don’t know how much the video in particular raised for the charity, at the time of writing, it has seen over 9 million views.
There seems to be a trend with YouTubers dying their hair for charity with Markiplier and Jacksepticeye being mentioned for their neon coloured hair in our last charitable round up. Like Mark, Louise Pentland, AKA Sprinkle of Glitter, also dyed her her pink – but for a different cause. Louise pulled off pastel pink hair for the whole of Breast Cancer Awareness month last October for her mother who sadly passed away after suffering for the illness for two years. Alongside dying her hair, Louise set up a Just Giving page which has seen just under a massive £30,000 in donations to Cancer Research UK.
Celebrating your own birthday, as far as we’re concerned, isn’t a charitable act. That was until Tyler Oakley decided to use his birthday celebrations to raise awareness for The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a charity that helps to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth and last year was the second time that our fave vlogger dedicated his birthday celebrations to helping them. His recent fundraising saw over $500,000 worth of donations and each person who gave entered a prize draw to win a meet and great with Tyler himself.
Gaming for 24 hours
The well known gaming vlogger, Mini Ladd (real name Craig) managed to raise a HUGE amount of money for Cancer Research UK with his 24 hour livestream. The gamer, with over three million subscribers, was glued to his computer screen all day in support of the cancer charity and raised a massive $42,734.56 in donations. Not only did his subscribers give their money to the charity, Mini Ladd also donated $10,000 himself raising the total even higher.
We’re so proud of #TeamInternet – they’re the best.