Justin Bieber gets festive with Starship plans

Justin Bieber is getting in the festive mood by helping out a local charity.

The teen pop star has announced that $1 from every copy Christmas album Under the Mistletoe sold in New Zealand will be donated to the Starship Foundation.

It's part of Bieber's Believe Charity Drive. Similar initiatives are taking place in 19 other countries.

Bieber hopes to raise $1 million by the time his new album, called Believe, is released next year.

"I know first-hand that if you believe in your dreams, everything is possible," Bieber said.

"The Believe Charity Drive directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world ... I know that with your help we can make a change."

Starship Foundation CEO Brad Clark said he was "grateful" to have Bieber helping out.

"The proceeds will go towards the rebuild of Starship Hospital's Neuroservices and Medical Specialties Wards, which treats conditions including neurological disorders, brain tumours, metabolic and genetic disorders, head trauma and suspected child abuse injuries, respiratory illnesses and infectious diseases."

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- Herald online

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