The boy, named Zinnah, is scheduled to undergo surgery on his legs to correct an unspecified condition that will help him walk, according to reports, and the Kiss star is hoping his actions will encourage more people to help those suffering around the world.

He tells KSHE, "Look, we can all do more, especially if it doesn't affect our lifestyles. So if you're sitting at home and you got a few extra bucks in your pocket, you know what to do. You know how to make God smile. Come on."

Simmons admits he felt compelled to help Zinnah because "children are our future", adding, "The next great mind or humanitarian could come from Africa."

The rocker's links to Zinna came through the charity Child Fund, which he supports.

"Because children are our responsibility, I urge you to do something," he says. "Pick up the phone and call Child Fund, or another charity organisation and find out what you can do. You will make all the difference to a child far, far away, whose dreams are every bit as important as your child's dreams."

Zinnah's travel and surgery are being covered by Mending Kids, the charity co-founded by Gene's Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley.