DUBAI: Canadian singer The Weeknd donated $300,000 to victims of the Beirut explosion that ripped through the city last week, killing over 200 and injuring thousands.
Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur Wassim Slaiby, who is the CEO of record label XO and the manager of The Weeknd, announced the news on his Instagram account on Thursday revealing that the donations will be made to the Lebanese Red Cross, the Children’s Cancer Centre Lebanon and the World Food Programme.
“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 and sisters of Lebanon who are in pain and need our collective help,” Slaiby wrote to his 213,000 followers. “I want to thank my brother @theweeknd for his generous and class act of donating $300,000 to the Global Aid for Lebanon campaign.”
Other celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, DJ Khaled and Dua Lipa, have been taking to social media to show solidarity for the victims. Other online influencers around the world have also been urging their followers to make donations towards rescue and recovery work.
American actor George Clooney and his wife, Lebanese-British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, also revealed last week that they donated $100,000 to Lebanese charities.
American singer and songwriter Madonna also announced this week that she and her two children, David Banda and Mercy James, were hosting an art sale to support the hundreds of thousands who were left homeless after the deadly explosion.