For the mainstream media, all people seem to focus on is how much YouTubers earn in a year. In 2016 so far, Louise Pentland has appeared on TV and received a grilling about her income AND loveable gamer Markiplier was hacked resulting in his November earnings being posted online. But instead of dwelling on income, stars like PewDiePie continue to raise hundreds and thousands of dollars for charity, and his recent campaign was no different.
Felix’s newest fundraising venture was for his favourite nonprofit organisation Charity: Water, a company that work tirelessly hard to provide clean water to people in great need. On his charity page, PewDiePie writes; “We’ve all come together to support Charity: Water in the past, and the results have been INCREDIBLE. In our last campaign, we were able to fund over 20 projects. It truly meant so much to me to see all the Bros work together for such a meaningful cause. Together we were able to help bring clean water to thousands of people!”
As well as donating $42,000 himself, Felix had some help from his friends with JackSepticEye donating $10,000 and Markiplier donating a very cheeky, very competitive $10,001 to fund the project. Seriously Digital Entertainment, the makers behind the game Best Fiends, also contributed $40,000 to support the fundraising bringing the grand total up to $153,339, of which Felix states; “100% of everything we raise will directly fund water projects. And when those projects are finished, Charity: Water will send each person who donates proof in pictures and GPS coordinates, so we can see the actual people and communities we all helped out”.
Thanks to the dedication of the Bro Army, 5,111 people will get clean water and as a personal thanks, the top 10 donors to the Charity: Water appeal will get a special shoutout video dedicated just to them from none other than Mr YouTube himself. This is the second campaign Felix has launched in order to help the organisation, with his first charity drive happening in 2013 when he reached 10 million subscribers and raised a phenomenal $446,000.