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Shawn Mendes donates $175,000 to Toronto's SickKids Foundation

The pop star and his foundation are directing all donations this month to COVID-19 relief efforts.

The pop star and his foundation are directing all donations this month to COVID-19 relief efforts

Shawn Mendes is directing donations to the Shawn Mendes Foundation towards COVID-19 relief efforts. (Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has donated $175,000 to the Hospital for Sick Children in his hometown of Toronto to help support COVID-19 relief efforts.

Mendes made the contribution with The Shawn Mendes Foundation, a foundation he launched last August to support various youth-related causes. 

"We are so grateful to Shawn and The Shawn Mendes Foundation for their continued support of SickKids Foundation and our hospital here in Toronto," Ted Gerrard, Chief Executive Officer of the SickKids Foundation said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight Canada. "This generous and timely donation will assist our hospital with increased efforts in prevention and screening of COVID-19." 

Mendes and his foundation have also pledged to give all incoming donations for the next month to SickKids and the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Last week, the Shawn Mendes Foundation shared resources with fans including tips for staying safe and mental health support. 

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