R&B famous person Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, continues aiding these in want and these affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The multi-platinum singer has donated $1 million for coronavirus reduction efforts which was divided between two organizations, MusiCares and to the frontline hospital workers of Scarborough Well being Community.
In accordance to Selection, The Weekend donated $500,000 on Monday, June 29 to the Scarborough Well being Community in his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario. This contribution reportedly comes from the gross sales of the singer’s XO Covid-19 face masks. 100% of the personalised masks’ gross sales was despatched to his hometown to assist in the Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The Weekend mentioned in a press release, “I used to be raised in Scarborough and felt it was essential to give again to the group that raised me throughout the laborious occasions of this pandemic.” Tesfaye additionally thanked his followers on Instagram for buying the masks, saying, “Huge thanks to the followers for getting the xo masks and doing all of your half in serving to battle Covid. I promised to match what was offered. We want to preserve combating.” He added, “Additionally a giant shout out to everybody in Scarborough!”
With his monetary assist to his hometown, The Weeknd additionally donated one other $500,000 to MusiCares, the non-profit group that has offers well being, monetary, and rehabilitation sources to musicians throughout their occasions of want. Tesfaye’s contributions comply with an identical donation of $500,000 to bail funds throughout america. On June 2, the ‘Blinding Lights’ singer took to Instagram to encourage his followers to assist the Black Lives Matter motion and make donations. “Hold supporting our brothers and sisters on the market risking every thing to push for precise change for our black lives,” he wrote in the start of the put up. “Urging everybody with large pockets to give and give large and when you’ve got much less please give what you’ll be able to even when it is a small quantity. #blacklivesmatter,” he mentioned.
The Weeknd has been engaged in the battle towards racism. Earlier this month, The Weeknd, together with Lizzo and John Legend, signed an open letter created by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, calling for police budgets to be lower following the killing of George Floyd, in accordance to NME.