Disney Star Zendaya Celebrates Her 19th Birthday By Raising Money for AIDS Orphans in South Africa

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American actress, singer, dancer and recording artist, Zendaya, is celebrating her 19th birthday today by fundraising on CrowdRise to help AIDS orphans in South Africa who receive support from iKAGENG, a local community-based charity. For the next two weeks, fans can visit http://www.crowdrise.com/zendaya to donate to this important cause.

On a recent trip to South Africa with UNAIDS, Zendaya visited families that have been affected by HIV/AIDs. She was particularly inspired by a family of three brothers who had lost both their parents to the disease within the span of two years. They are currently live in a settlement, which Zendaya visited, and saw the poor conditions first-hand.

In an exclusive video on her CrowdRise page, Zendaya says, “I don’t think anybody, especially not children, should have to live that way.“ She is asking her fans to contribute to help move the brothers into a safe home. Every $10 donation is an entry to win a private video chat with Zendaya herself.

“My trip to South Africa changed my life,” said the former Disney star, “It’s a huge gift for me to be able to give to others so I wanted to make my 19th birthday extra special by supporting this family and other families like them. Anything you can do is 100% appreciated so please visit my CrowdRise page to help.”

For more information, and to help make Zendaya’s birthday wish come true, visit crowdrise.com/zendaya.

About Zendaya:
Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum-Selling Artist, Zendaya, released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivered soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single included in the album, "Replay" was certified platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. this January, and now has over 64 million views on VEVO. Most recently, Zendaya starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Zapped," and she is currently filming "KC Undercover" a toplineDisney channel spy television series, in which she stars and co-produces. Zendaya also starred as Raquel "Rocky" Blue in the hit Disney Channel series "Shake It Up!" and impressed judges and fans alike on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." Zendaya continues to be a prominent figure in the fashion world and also has a growing social influence with over 6.8 million followers on Facebook, over 4.7 million followers on Twitter and over 3.9 million followers on Instagram.

About CrowdRise
CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions. Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $250 million to date. For more information visit http://www.CrowdRise.com.

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