- Elon Musk pledged to donate millions for a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
- The goal of the Inspiration4 spaceflight by Musk’s company, SpaceX, was to raise $US200 ($AU275) million.
- “Count me in for $US50M,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday.
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Elon Musk vowed to donate $US50 ($AU69) million to SpaceX’s Inspiration4 fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“Count me in for $US50M,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday upon the crew’s re-entry back to Earth.
-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2021
The main goal of the Inspiration4 mission was to raise $US200 ($AU275) million for St. Jude, where one of the crew members works as a physician assistant.
The fundraiser had raised $US160 ($AU220) million before Musk pledged to contribute to the campaign.
The historic Insipiration4 launched Wednesday evening from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It had four people on board: Jared Isaacman, a billionaire businessman; Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant and childhood cancer survivor; Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran; and Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and science communication specialist.
Isaacman, commander of the spaceflight, donated $US100 ($AU138) million to St. Jude. The mission had raised another $US60.2 ($AU83) million before Musk’s pledge surpassed the goal, raising the total to more than $US210 ($AU289) million, CNBC reported.
Following his donation, the crew expressed their gratitude toward Musk on Twitter.
As Insider’s Kate Duffy reported, the crew will auction off items they took on their three-day trip around the Earth to further raise money for the hospital. These include a ukulele, artwork, and NFTs.