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The Weeknd Donates $50k To University of Toronto For Ethiopic Studies Program

The Weeknd is doing some good deeds and is giving back the XO crooner has donated a cool $50,000 to the University of Toronto for funding toward an Ethiopic studies program.

You know that he’s also of Ethiopian decent so, it really makes sense….

The Toronto Star confirms:

“It’s unbelievable,” Tam Gebeyehu, board member of the Bikila Award told the Star. “He grew up in Toronto as an Ethiopian-Canadian, and now he’s giving back to the community.”

The Bikila Award, named after Ethiopian Olympic hero Abebe Bikila who won gold twice running barefoot in the marathon in the 1960s, is an organization created to foster academic, professional and business excellence and promote volunteerism among Ethiopian-Canadians.

The donation came about when U of T professor Michael Gervers, of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, pledged to donate $50,000 of his own money, if the university and the Ethiopian community could match the contribution.
The cheque was to be presented on Saturday afternoon at U of T’s Varsity Stadium during the Bikila Barefoot Challenge event hosted by the university and Bikila Awards.

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