The Weeknd assumes the role of UN Goodwill Ambassador amid philanthropic activities

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The Weeknd has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program.

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Hitmaker Blinding Lights recently donated $ 1 million to the United Nations’ food assistance arm for relief efforts in Ethiopia, amid its humanitarian crisis.

Now the star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, will use his platform to raise awareness about hunger in the world.

He said in a statement: “The UN World Food Program is doing urgent and important work to change and save lives on a daily basis and I am passionate about addressing world hunger and helping people in need. Our association is a true extension of all our efforts and intentions to help those in need and end so much suffering. “

Last year, The Weeknd donated $ 300,000 to the victims of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

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The Starboy hitmaker made a generous donation to citizens of the Lebanese capital who were affected by the shocking explosion at a warehouse in the city in August 2020, which killed more than 200 people and injured more than 6,000. .

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Funding from The Weeknd helped people who were injured, people whose loved ones were killed and people left homeless by the tragic explosion, and was divided between the World Food Program, the Lebanese Red Cross and the Children’s Center of the country.

The singer’s manager, Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby, and his wife, Rima Fakih, led the charge to bring relief to the people of Lebanon, prompting the Canadian star to contact Global Aid for the generous donation.

And last month, The Weeknd was honored with the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the first annual Music in Action Awards.

Hitmaker Take My Breath was among those honored at the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) event in West Hollywood in recognition of the fact that he has donated several million dollars to various good causes since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Other organizations helped by the Earned It singer include Black Lives Matter Global Network, Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative and National Bail Out, as well as COVID-19 relief campaigns for MusiCares, in his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario. .

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