The Weeknd Commits $1 Million CAD to COVID-19 Relief
Equally distributed to MusiCares and his hometown’s front line healthcare workers.
Following his $500,000 USD commitment to organizations dedicated to fighting for racial equality earlier this month, The Weeknd has announced that he will be donating $1 million CAD (approximately $732,000 USD) to COVID-19 relief. According to Variety, half of the funds will go to the Grammys‘ non-profit organization MusiCares, while the other half will be allocated to Scarborough Health Network‘s front line healthcare workers in Ontario where he was raised.
“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 told the publication. In addition to this initiative, the artist will also donate all of the proceeds from his XO face masks to the health network’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund and will match every dollar raised from the sale.
Abel Tesfaye took to Instagram to show his appreciation and said: “Massive thanks to the fans for buying the XO masks and doing your part in helping fight COVID. I promised to match what was sold. We need to keep fighting. Also a big shout out to everyone in Scarborough.”
In related news, Pyer Moss, Telfar and more have donated pieces to a sample sale benefitting Black Lives Matter and coronavirus relief.