Hip-hop pioneers, Wu-Tang clan is among a list of celebrities that have donated to the Ottawa Food Bank, in light of the coronavirus. In just 24 hours, the food bank has received over $170,000.
The flood in donations began when Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein, pledged to donate $1 for every retweet of the tweet announcing the initiative, donating up to $10,000. “For every RT of the Mayor’s tweet (below), Lindsay and I will donate 1$—up to $10,000—to @OttawaFoodBank Let’s get this out there and help support our community,” the tweet stated.
I don’t know how to react,” said Ottawa Food Bank CEO Michael Maidment. It’s been incredible just to see it really catch fire,” he stated after seeing several donations of $10,000 and many smaller donations from supporters on social media.
Ottawa entrepreneur and HEXO co-founder not only donated 10,000 himself but he also tagged other celebrities, encouraging them to participate in the movement. “Count me in for $10k @OttawaFoodBank, Sebastien (@HexocorpCEO) is in for $10k as well – great leadership @harleyf @JimWatsonOttawa @MichaelMaidment Can we spread the word for more donations @WuTangClan, @chantalkreviaz, @rainemaida
#ottawa #fighthunger #COVID19 #isolatehunger” he tweeted.
Last summer, the hip-hop group responsible for the songs, C.R.E.A.M and Protect Ya Neck has performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest. The group took to Twitter on Thursday to say, “Just made a donation ourselves. Appreciate Canada holding us down all these years.”
Miron shares that he reached out to Wu-Tang Clan’s manager in order to receive the donation. “They were really great about it. They’re just so willing to help,” he recalled.
Samantha Ingram, Food Bank Communications Manager tells CTV news Ottawa that since the first donation was propelled by Finkelstein, the food bank has received $170,101. Ingram says that the $170,101 will provide one week of meals for Ottawa residents.