Shawn Mendes starts relief fund and donates $100,000 to earthquake hit Mexico

AFP

Sep,24 2017 18:54 55 IST

Pop star Shawn Mendes on Friday announced a $100,000 donation for earthquake-hit Mexico as he urged fans to open their wallets for relief efforts.

Shawn Mendes. Image from Twitter/@billboard

Shawn Mendes. Image from Twitter/@billboard

The 19-year-old Canadian singer was in Mexico City preparing to perform the following day when the 7.1 magnitude tremor struck on Tuesday, killing nearly 300 people.

"While I cancelled 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.

His appeal came after US celebrities rushed to support victims at home of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, including through a nationally televised telethon that raised $55 million.

Mendes, best known for his hits 'Treat You Better' and 'Stitches', said proceeds from his initiative would go to the American Red Cross which is working with counterparts in Mexico.

Published Date: Sep 24, 2017 18:54 PM | Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 18:54 PM