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Musician Robert Plant aids African relief

Rocker secured donation when CD royalties didn’t meet expectations
/ Source: The Associated Press

Robert Plant has secured a $60,000 donation for a Carefree, Ariz.-based charitable organization that aids nomadic people in drought-stricken West Africa.

Plant, former frontman for Led Zeppelin, had committed proceeds from a four-song CD by his band, Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation, but it failed to generate the royalties he had expected.

The 57-year-old rocker made an appeal to PAR Charitable Trust, a small grant-making organization, which agreed to make up the financial gap needed to build and operate school dorms for 200 children for three years, TurtleWill founder Irma Turtle said recently.

TurtleWill offers medical treatment, school funding and employment training for tribal people in remote regions of Ethiopia, Mali and Niger.

The trust will supplement proceeds from sales of the “Live in Paris” CD to build eight dormitories and provide meals, blankets, school uniforms and medicine for students in four locales in Mali.