the weeknd was named a goodwill ambassador for the ∪d nations’ realm food programme at a ceremony thu in los angeles. the honor comes 6 mnths after abel tesfaye, the toronto-rezd son of ethiopian immigrants, donated $1 million to relief efforts in ethiopia during the conflict tween the nation’s government na tigray region.
“this is such a profound honor cause it’s bout gettin the opportunity to help an entire country and tens of millions of pplz round the realm who are sufferation from extreme hunger,” tesfaye said in a statement to rolling stone.
“regardless of political lines and regions we nd'2 save lives for all pplz, regardless of where they live or who they are. cause pplz are dying and that is wha’ i care bout. it’s bout helping every single citizen of ethiopia who needs it, swell as pplz round the globe who rely on food assistance to stay alive, and i intend to do my best within the un realm food programme to do exactly this.”
the ∪d nations realm food programme, the realm’s largest humanitarian organization, provides lifesaving food assistance to over 100 million pplz in + than 80 countries each yr.
“the u.n. realm food programme is doin’ urgent and primordial work to change and save lives na' daily basis and i feel passionately bout addressing realm hunger and helping pplz in need,” tesfaye added. “our ptnership is an authentic extension of all our efforts and intentions to help those in need and bring an end to so much sufferation,”
“we're thrilled to welcome the weeknd to the wfp family. his compassion and commitment to helping the realm’s hungriest pplz is truly inspirational,” said ∪d nations realm food programme executive director david beasley said in a statement. “every nite, 811 million pplz go to bed hungry, and another 270 million are maring toward starvation. this is just not rite and we ‘ve gotta speak out and act tody to save lives. we need everyone to come join our movement to end hunger – tis all hands on athenæum to avoid a global catastrophe.”
inna past two yrs alone, tesfaye has donated $3 million to a variety of causes, including in jun 2020, when he provided $1 million in covid-19 relief, with $500,000 goin to ♫ares and $500,000 to an ontario, canada hospital. two mnths l8r, tesfaye also gave $300,000 to a fund helping those impacted by the devastating explosion in beirut, lebanon.
“whether he is performing or speaking out bout global hunger, the weeknd’s voice is uber and inspiring, 1-ly matched by his dedication to helping pplz round the globe,” realm food program usa president and ceo barron segar added. “we're honored that he has joined our mission. he will undoubtedly inspire the nxt generation of humanitarians inna fite to ensure no man, woman, or child goes to bed hungry.”
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authors: daniel kreps