Metallica Donate a Quarter-Million Dollars for Pediatric Hospital in Romania
In keeping with their set practice of supporting a community organization in every locale they visit, Metallica have donated 250,000 euros (about $279,000, or over a quarter-million dollars in U.S. funds) to a Romanian association building the country's first pediatric oncology hospital. It's the latest charitable pledge from the band during their ongoing "WorldWired Tour," which is currently covering Europe with fellow rockers Ghost.
The donation to the Daruieste Viata ("Give Life") nonprofit was proffered just prior to the band's sold out concert at Bucharest, Romania's Arena Națională on Wednesday (August 14), the association revealed on its Facebook page, as reported by Reuters. Read a statement regarding Metallica's contribution from the president of Daruieste Viata, Carmen Uscatu, down toward the bottom of this post.
"The final leg of the European tour starts with a very special donation," a press release stated. "Together with fans attending the show at Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania and a generous sponsorship by Mastercard, Metallica presented Daruieste Viata (The Give Life Association) with €250,000 before the concert."
It continued, "Inspired by Mastercard’s own €1,000,000 donation towards the Daruieste Viata project earlier this year, Metallica’s gift will contribute to the endowment of the first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania with the latest medical technologies and equipment."
The donation was made via Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation, which hosted its Second Annual Day of Service earlier this year. Founded in 2017, All Within My Hands helps create "sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services," its website explains.
The current leg of Metallica's "WorldWired" European tour continues throughout the month before the group travel to Australia with Slipknot later this year. Get all Metallica ticketing information here.
The donation made by Metallica has a special meaning to our project. On one hand, their music inspires and touches so many Romanians, and at the same time so many Romanians are inspired by and contribute to the establishing of the first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania, in order to give children with cancer a chance to live. On the other hand, the contribution of Mastercard, that pledged a sponsorhip worth €1,000,000 to #NoiFacemUnSpital initiative, has been a real drive in inspiring a legend like Metallica to contribute to our cause as well. We are grateful to all who make this project possible.
—Carmen Uscatu, President of Daruieste Viata Association
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