With photographers, artists and creatives raising funds through photo sales, t-shirt sales and digital fundraisers – the effort to help Beirut recover from the devastating explosion continues.
And now Canadian musician the Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) has stepped forward and made a gargantuan donation of $300,000 to Global Aid for Lebanon. Taking to Instagram, the ‘Starboy’ singer’s manager Wassim Slaiby announced the charitable donation, stating that he was “so honoured and humbled to work with artists who have such a deep care for the world and right now for our brothers and sisters of Lebanon who are in pain and in need of our collective help”.
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I am so honored and humbled to work with artist’s who have such deep care for the world and right now for our brothers & sisters of Lebanon who are in pain and need our collective help. I want to thank my brother @theweeknd for his generous and class act of donating $300,000 to the Global Aid for Lebanon campaign. Also, I want to give a special thank you to Michael Rapino @michaelrapino and my Live Nation family for $50,000 donation. Give what you can and let’s repost so the world can come together to help Lebanon from this this devastating tragedy. #GlobalAidForLebanon @glblctzn @lebaneseredcross @wfpusa @wfp_mena @ccclebanon
Over the last two months alone, the Weeknd has made considerably large donations totalling to $2.15 million, for causes ranging from Black Lives Matter to National Bail Out and MusiCares. According to Rolling Stone, his TikTok concert last week raised a staggering $350,000 for the platform’s Equal Justice Initiative.
The artist’s ex, supermodel Bella Hadid, has also committed to donating to the Beirut relief fund, alongside actor George Clooney and his wife Amal, and French fashion house Chanel.