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George Michael was well-known for his generosity | © Petr David Josek / AP / REX / Shutterstock
George Michael was well-known for his generosity | © Petr David Josek / AP / REX / Shutterstock
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How George Michael’s Generosity Changed Lives in Kenya

Picture of Ann Lee
Music Editor
Updated: 27 February 2017
Since George Michael died, news of his generosity has been hitting the headlines.

But nothing has been mentioned about how he changed lives in Kenya – until now.

The singer, who passed away on Christmas Day, donated £99,000 to Omwabini, a small organisation working with victims of HIV/Aids, after watching Deal or No Deal.

Michael dug deep after seeing a contestant on the Channel 4 show mention that he was raising money for the project in Western Kenya.

His kind act has been revealed in a letter published by The Rev Mary Austin in The Guardian.

George Michael died last year | © Slavko Sereda / Shutterstock
George Michael died last year | © Slavko Sereda / Shutterstock

It reads: ‘George Michael’s large donation in 2009 made a huge difference to the project. It is a delight to be able to share with others his great generosity.’

Omwabini, which means rescue in Luhya, was set up by a Kenyan woman, Mary Bunyasi, and now accommodates 500 children orphaned by Aids.

That’s not the first time Deal or No Deal has led to Michael being extremely generous.

He also gave £15,000 to a woman who went on the show in order to win enough money to pay for her IVF treatment.

Such a true gent.