Shawn Mendes launched an online fundraiser to help those affected by the Mexican earthquake. The Canadian singer has already donated $100k to the Red Cross.
Shawn’s initiative comes just days after he experienced the terrible incident in Mexico City where he was booked to perform. Other celebrities are joining and helping raise found for people in need.
Launching a fundraising
Shawn Mendes announced on Friday that he’s teaming up with Red Cross to raise funds and awareness for those affected by the recent catastrophic earthquake in Mexico.
The earthquake has caused the deaths of over 200, with additional hundreds left injured and without homes.
Mendes was in Mexico City when the earthquake hit the city while on tour. After witnessing the destruction firsthand, he decided to get involved.
“After seeing the impact of the damage firsthand in Mexico, I wanted to find any way I could to raise funds,” said Mendes in a press release.
“So we reached out to the Red Cross and partnered with them to set up a way to help those affected by the earthquake.”
“While I canceled my concert out of respect and for safety, being there during this tragedy and seeing the devastation firsthand made me want to do whatever I could to help those impacted by this tragedy,” he wrote on a fund-raising page where he invited fans to contribute.
The campaign will raise funds on CrowdRise, a crowdsourcing site that’s part of GoFundMe. Mendes and his management company AG Artists already donated $100,000, and are counting on fans to help out further.
Joining to help each other
Along with Shawn Mendes, Salma Hayek, and Mark Zuckerberg are among the celebrities donating to relief efforts following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday. More than 200 people died with rescue efforts continuing among dozens of collapsed buildings.
Mexico native Salma Hayek also contributed $100,000 and started a Crowdrise page to support UNICEF’s relief efforts.
J.K. Rowling donated to Oxfam’s Mexico Earthquake Appeal and encouraged others to do the same, while Sia also urged her followers to give to Global Giving.
Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook is contributing $1 million to Cruz Roja Mexicana Sede Nacional to support the relief efforts on the ground, as well as partnering with UNICEF “to waive fees on all donations to their organization made through our tools that will go to recovery efforts in Mexico.”
“Thanks to everyone in our community who’s doing their part to help people recover,” he wrote.
Las personas de mi país han sufrido tres consecutivos desastres naturales. Muchos niños y familias están necesitados. Voy a contribuir $100,000 ahora para UNICEF ya que ellos tienen a equipos ayudando en las zonas alarmantes. Por favor únanse conmigo y contribuyan con lo que puedan. Para más información denle click al link en mi bio. #fuerzamexico #earthquake #sismo #mexico
Source: Just Jared