Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Clay Aiken's Afghanistan Appeal

Support UNICEF's Programs in Afghanistan

$100,000 in 10 days!

Can we do it?

UPDATE: Yes, we did.

$181,783.03 (not counting any checks coming in via mail)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Clay Aiken - an Idol Who Gives Back

March 2007 - Champions of Change

Clay Aiken said on the American Idol Season 2 show that it didn't make a difference how he did it but that he wanted to make sure he used his celebrity to make a difference. Quietly and without a lot of fanfare, Clay Aiken has kept his word.

Ever since the end of the Season 2 show, he has used his days off from touring to make appearances at children's camps, schools and hospitals.

While on tour with the AI2 idols, he finished up his degree in Special Education and started his own charity, The Bubel/Aiken Foundation. Currently the BAF is working with State Farm Insurance to help develop a primary education curriculum focused on teaching social and life skills through service to children of all levels of ability.

He has donated his time and voice to appear on stage with Heather Headley for the benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in May of 2004 and for the 2004 Rosalynn Carter Benefit and the America's Promise Benefit.

He served as a spokesperson for the 2004 Toys for Tots drive.

He became an Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities and donated a set of his hand prints for their World Children’s Day™ auction in Nov. 2004.

He was appointed a United States Fund for UNICEF National Ambassador making trips to Banda Aceh after the tsunami and Uganda. After returning from Banda Aceh he testified on behalf of UNICEF before the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs of the Committee on Appropriations, United States House of Representatives. He served as UNICEF's national spokesperson for the 55th annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign in 2005. In 2006 he participated in the UNICEF Snowflake Lighting Ceremony and has filmed PSAs for the organization. A third UNICEF trip is planned for this year.

In 2006 he was appointed to the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

The BAF arranged to publish the book "Our Friend Mikayla" written by third grade classmates of Mikayla, a special needs child. During a tour stop last Christmas, Clay read the book to the students at their school then sent the authors back to their class in limousines.

There are stories, too numerous to mention, on the various Clay fan boards of just how much this man has given back.

Clay Aiken quietly does what he said he would do. Give back.

Update: 4/11 - Afghanistan: Press conference - Clay Aiken, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

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