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Wu-Tang Clan sells T-shirt, hand sanitizer for Ottawa charities

The Wu-Tang Clan is raising money to help three Ottawa charities "Triumph" over COVID-19.

Funds raised to support CHEO, Ottawa Food Bank, Ottawa Mission

From left, Wu-Tang Clan members RZA, Ghostface Killah, director Sacha Jenkins and Wu-Tang Clan members U-God, Cappadonna and Masta Killa. The iconic hip-hop group is giving to Ottawa charities in response to a social media campaign. (Arthur Mola/Invision/The Associated Press)

The Wu-Tang Clan is raising money to help three Ottawa charities "Triumph" over COVID-19.

The New York City-based rap collective announced its official partnership with the CHEO, the Ottawa Food Bank and the Ottawa Mission shelter Wednesday morning.

The group is selling T-shirts, hand sanitizer and meals through their online 36 Chambers store, with proceeds from all three items going to the charities.

The Wu-Tang Clan began supporting the Ottawa Food Bank on April 2, after they were tagged in a tweet by Adam Miron, a local businessman.

The group replied to Miron's tweet saying they had contributed to the Food Bank, and encouraging others to join them.

The rap group said that led to an additional $280,000 being donated within the next 48 hours.

Considered hip-hop pioneers after their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan draws creative inspiration from kung fu movies, Buddhism and comic books.

All profits from sales of a T-shirt with the Wu-Tang Clan's distinctive yellow and black "W" logo, altered to say Ottawa in its centre, will go to the Ottawa Food Bank.

A hand sanitizer called Protect Ya Hands — a reference to the group's hit single Protect Ya Neck — is being produced for the Wu-Tang Clan by Jusu Body, a Victoria-based manufacturer.

For every bottle purchased, another will be donated to The Ottawa Mission Foundation and other homeless shelters across Canada, with additional profits being donated to the shelters.

The Saga Continues Bowl will be sold by Pure Kitchen restaurants in the Ottawa area, with the Wu-Tang Clan saying they will donate all their profits from the bowls to meals for front-line workers at CHEO.

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