According to the Star:
The Scarborough native, whose parents emigrated from Ethiopia, “immediately” answered the call from the Bikila Awards organization who said they weren’t even sure he’d respond to their request, but was surprised by his immediate generosity. (The Star could not reach Tesfaye for comment on Saturday.)
“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.
Days later, The Weeknd also reportedly donated $250,000 to Black Lives Matter. The Fader reports that Abel Tesfaye made the donation to the Black Lives Matter movement, citing “two sources familiar with the situation.”
Back in July, Tesfaye had tweeted his support of the movement after another string of police killings: