The Weeknd was made a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which provides food assistance to about 90 million people in more than 80 nations affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
The record-breaking singer and songwriter joined the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, who is considered one of the best goalkeepers in football history, and Kate Hudson, famously known for her role in the film Almost Famous, who use their fame and platform to help fight hunger.
Weeknd To The Rescue
On October 7, 2021, the announcement was made at a United Nations WFP Event held in West Hollywood, California.
In a statement at the event, the 31-year-old superstar said: “The U.N. World Food Programme is doing urgent and important work to change and save lives on a daily basis and I feel passionate about addressing world hunger and helping people in need. Our partnership is an authentic extension of all our efforts and intentions to help those in need and bring an end to so much suffering.”
David Beasley, WFP executive director, was excited to officially welcome The Weeknd to the WFP family during the event. He said, “We are thrilled to welcome The Weeknd to the WFP family. His commitment to helping the world’s hungriest people is truly inspirational. Every night, 811 million people go to bed hungry, and another 270 million are marching toward starvation. This is just not right and we have to speak out and act today to save lives. We need everyone to come to join our movement to end hunger – it is all hands on deck to avoid global catastrophe.”
Donations to Lebanon and Ethiopia
The “Blinding Lights” hitmaker has been an ardent and generous supporter of humanitarian causes for a very long time. He donated at least $3 million to several humanitarian organizations in 2020 alone. The Weeknd donated $300,000 to help victims of the Beirut explosion in Lebanon, which claimed more than 200 deaths, injured up to 7,000 people, made about 300,000 people homeless. The generous donation was divided among WFP, the Lebanese Red Cross, and the Lebanese Children’s Centre to deceased families, the injured, and homeless people.
The three-time Grammy Award winner also donated $1 million to the WFP family in Ethiopia following months of the Tigray War in the country’s northern region.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, was born to Ethiopian immigrants in Canada. The sensational vocalist also donated millions of dollars to fund various causes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognition, Awards And Other Donations
The “I Feel It Coming” singer supported various humanitarian organizations, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Initiative, with $200,000 each. He also donated $100,000 to National Bail Out.
The “Starboy” singer has received well-deserved recognition and numerous awards for his humanitarian activities around the world.
Along with being a top-tier element in his industry, The Weeknd makes it a point to pay adequate attention to what the world around him needs. The Weeknd received the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the first Music in Action Awards ceremony in September 2021.