GEORGE Michael secretly donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep a HIV trust afloat in memory of his first love.
The extent of the late singer’s kindness has only come out after his death on Christmas Day 2016, and Project Angel Food has revealed that he would frequently send them cheques to keep them afloat.
Getty – Contributor George has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to LA charity, Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food – a charity based in Los Angeles – was founded by volunteers in 1989 to help those suffering from malnutrition and HIV.
Richard Ayoub, executive director of Project Angel Food, revealed the star’s connection to the trust and told The Mirror: “We can’t thank him enough.
“He was so supportive and is the single largest donor in our history. He sent a $25k donation to us religiously every year to the tune of more than half a million dollars.
“His passion and love and support was felt here every single year.”
Getty – Contributor The star started donating to the charity is 1993 after his lover’s death
Richard also revealed that the star had deliberately kept his contributions to the charity private to avoid “fanfare”, and even donated his Mercedes to sell at auction.
Now the singer has passed, Richard has praised the singer’s fans for stepping in and pledging their help, covering some of the money they no longer receive.
Getty – Contributor Throughout the years, George left a series of secret donations totally more than $500,000
“His fans have come through in a big way and filled the gap,” praised Richard.
The project now delivers more than 10,000 meals a week across the city to those suffering with life-threatening diseases including HIV, AIDS, cancer and heart disease.
AFP – Getty George passed away from Christmas Day, 2016
George had been donating to the charity every year since 1993, when he lost his boyfriend Anselmo Feleppa at the age of 36.
Anselmo was considered by George to be his “saviour” and spoke about him affectionately during his documentary Freedom, and said he was “the first time he loved someone selflessly”.
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