Shawn Mendes donates $100,000 to Mexico earthquake relief efforts



Pop star Shawn Mendes and his manager have donated $100,000 (£74,000) to benefit the victims of the deadly earthquake in central Mexico.

The Mercy singer was in Mexico City preparing to perform when the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit on Tuesday (19Sep17), prompting Shawn and his team to make a quick escape.

"The whole building was shaking pretty severely, but we were fortunate to be somewhere that was structurally sound enough to withstand it," he writes in an email to The Associated Press. "At first I didn't know what was happening, and then pretty quickly, after about 30 seconds, I clued in that it was an earthquake. Shortly after that we heard sirens and the emergency evacuation announcements from the hotel, and were able to make it down to the street safely."

"There were just so many people out on the streets trying to stay safe and that had been evacuated from buildings, and as we were walking saw quite a few buildings that had collapsed facades, windows shattering on the streets," he adds.

Shawn has now launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe's Crowdrise platform, through which he made his own donation, which will go to the American Red Cross to provide disaster relief in Mexico.

The Canadian star is also hoping to return to Mexico City "as soon as possible".

"It is an incredible city and the people there are so strong and resilient," he continues.

Mendes is not the only celebrity lending his support to the country's residents in the aftermath of the tragedy - Mexican actress Salma Hayek has also pledged $100,000 (£74,000) to UNICEF's earthquake relief efforts, while Colombian pop superstar Shakira is also urging fans to give what they can.

More news


Ronan Keating reveals big mistake in turning down U2 song
Seal recruited for Frank Sinatra Christmas duets album
James Packer: My life was at a low while I was dating Mariah Carey
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian targeted by car thief
P!nk scores her second Number 1 album
Post Malone and 21 Savage make it three weeks at Number 1 with Rockstar
Niall Horan needs surgery on his right knee
Chester Bennington left money in will for children to visit each other
Mel B only Spice Girl missing from Mel Cs music video
Taylor Swift tells fans she wrote Gorgeous about boyfriend Joe Alwyn