The Weeknd Donates $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief
Abel Tesfaye has given big bucks to frontline hospital workers and MusiCares.
The Weeknd has had enough. The Canadian pop superstar Abel Tesfaye has donated $1 million for coronavirus relieff, giving $500,ooo each to MusiCares and to the frontline hospital workers AT Scarborough Health Network in his hometown of Toronto, Canada.
“I was raised in Scarborough and felt it was important to give back to the community that raised me during the hard times of this pandemic,” the Weeknd said in a statement.
“Our vibrant and diverse community represents the best of Canada, and we are fortunate to have ambassadors like the Weeknd in our corner,” added Elizabeth Buller, SHN’s president. “This gift will help our community hospitals continue to deliver exceptional care for the people of Scarborough in the wake of COVID-19, and demonstrates to our courageous staff and physicians that their critical work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”
This big donation is on top of The Weeknd launching XO branded face masks, with all proceeds going to MusiCares.
Tesfaye has been in a giving mood this year; just earlier this month, he gifted $500,000 to be divided by the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, and an additional $100,000 to National Bail Out.
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To my fellow respected industry partners and execs- no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services. I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week. It would mean the world to me and the community if you can join us on this