Canadian Singer-songwriter 'The Weeknd' Donates $300,000 To Global Aid for Lebanon
[Aug. 19, 2020: Joshua Shavit]
The Canadian singer-songwriter donated a cool $300,000 to the Global Aid for Lebanon campaign, a charity effort established to assist victims of the blast, which appears to have occured when 2,700 hundreds tons of ammonium nitrate fertalizer exploded during a fire at the city’s port, killing at least 170, injuring thousand, and left an estimated 300,000 homeless.
Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, manager for the Weeknd, announced the donation on social media and thanked Live Nation boss Michael Rapino and the Live Nation family for their additional $50,000 contribution. Slaiby and his wife, Rima Fakih, who were both born in Lebanon, donated $250,000 to the fund and have been mobilizing relief efforts for the country over the past week. Slaiby, who is Lebanese, emigrated to Montreal with his family when he was 15, amid the Lebanese Civil War.
“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,” Slaiby wrote.
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He has donated a lot in recent months!
The Lebanon donation brings his total charitable relief efforts to $2.15 million in just two months. This includes his recent donations of $500,000 each to MusiCares and to the front-line hospital workers of Scarborough Health Network, the hospital network in the Ontario city where he was raised.
He also recently donated $500,000, which was split between Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, and $100,000 to National Bail Out.
Should you like to help out, this article lists several reputable Lebanese relief charities.