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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis smash crowdfunding target

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May 19, 2014 | 3:52pm EDT

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have smashed their crowdfunding goal to raise $100,000 (£62,500) to help build a health centre in Africa. Producer Lewis recruited his bandmate to front the 30/30 Project last month (Apr14), when he launched the charity effort in conjunction with his family after revealing his mother, Julie, is HIV positive. The Same Love hitmakers have so far won the support of more than 1,200 backers, who have donated over $137,600 (£86,043). The campaign draws to a close on Wednesday (21May14). The success of the first phase of the project will enable organisers to cover the costs of building the first medical facility in Nsambe, Malawi, where one in 10 people are infected with HIV. The aim of The 30/30 Project is to open at least four other health centres in Kenya and Uganda in the coming years in a bid to provide support and treatment to sufferers of the disease for the next three decades. The centres will be built in partnership with officials at Construction for Change, a non-profit organisation based in the duo's home of Seattle, Washington.

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