Justin Bieber birthday: A day to raise money for charity

Justin Bieber is using his 17th birthday to raise funds for a charity that works for clean water in developing countries. Birthday boy Bieber has already raised more than $27,000. And, Justin Bieber's hair is for sale on Ebay.

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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. Today is Justin Bieber's birthday and he's telling fans to support his favorite charity.

Justin Bieber is asking fans to donate to charity to celebrate his 17th birthday today.

The ‘Baby’ hitmaker has implored his fans to give 17 dollars to Charity: Water in order to raise $17,000 for clean water in developing countries. So far, Bieber's charity web site says that it has already raised more than $27,000.

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Writing on his Charity: Water page, he said: “Together, we’ve made a big difference for many causes. Did you know that about 4,500 kids die each day from waterborne disease? By building clean water projects for villages that need them, we can prevent this! I want to make my birthday matter this year — let’s make it so more kids can grow up to have a 17th birthday like me. Join me to make a change.

“I’m really so grateful for my family, friends and fans — and I believe we can do something big to help bring clean water to people in need. Even if you don’t have $17 to give I just ask you to go out in your community and try and make a positive difference. Even the smallest act of kindness can go a long way. Thanks and God Bless! #makeachange.”

Bieber, who recently and famously cut his hair, gave one of those locks to TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to auction off for charity. Bidding on Ebay will continue until March 2. So far the bid stands at $12,500. The money will go to The Gentle Barn, an animal rescue charity.

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