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Madonna hosts family art sale to raise money for Lebanese charity following Beirut explosion

Together with two of her children, the American singer has raised money for victims of the blast

Singer Madonna has raised money and awareness for the NGO Impact Lebanon. Instagram / Madonna 
Singer Madonna has raised money and awareness for the NGO Impact Lebanon. Instagram / Madonna 

Madonna hosted an art sale to raise money to donate to Lebanon. Together with two of her children, David Banda and Mercy James, the singer is selling art with the proceeds going to Impact Lebanon, a foundation working to support victims of the Beirut explosion.

In videos and images shared to the Material Girl's Instagram Stories, she can be seen painting a sign that reads, "Proceeds go to Impact Lebanon".

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Madonna paints a sign for her family's art sale, which is raising money for Impact Lebanon. Instagram / Madonna

At the time of writing, the Beirut port blast on Tuesday, August 4, has killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and left up to 300,000 homeless. Following the disaster, the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned on Monday, August 10.

Impact Lebanon is a non-profit organisation that has been helping victims of the deadly blast.

"From looking at the horrific videos of the blast, we knew that the destruction was massive and we needed to mobilise as many resources as possible to meet the growing needs on the ground as they became more evident," the NGO's website reads. "Our commitment to transparency and accountability is our core value."

Madonna has posted photos of two of her children, David Banda and Mercy James, with works of art they are selling to raise money for Impact Lebanon. Instagram / Madonna 
Madonna has posted photos of two of her children, David Banda and Mercy James, with works of art they are selling to raise money for Impact Lebanon. Instagram / Madonna

Mercy James, 14, was seen posing with tie-dyed T-shirts, while David Banda, also 14, posed with a portrait of an unidentified person, whose face is obscured by small hand prints. She also shared a floral piece that read, "E & S Love Chains", presumably in reference to her 7-year-old twin daughters, Estere and Stella Ciccone.

Madonna is not the only star who has drawn attention to the work of Impact Lebanon.

Dutch-Palestinian model Bella Hadid shared a list of ways to donate to people in the country following the disaster, including Impact Lebanon, as well as the Lebanese Red Cross, Bank to School and Bassma, among the foundations.

Hadid posted a viral video of an older Lebanese woman playing the piano amid the destruction and rubble in her home.

She captioned the video with a heartfelt message that read: “My eyes and heart are crying for you Lebanon … I am sorry you have to endure this kind of disaster my brothers and sisters … I will be sending donations to the Lebanese Red Cross, as well as all of the smaller organisations in Beirut.”

George and Amal Clooney have donated $100,000 (Dh367,000) to three charities in Lebanon, one of which is Impact Lebanon. Amal is a British-Lebanese human rights lawyer who was born in Beirut.

In a statement shared with People, the couple said: "We're both deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they've faced in the last few days. Three charitable organisations we've found are providing essential relief on the ground: the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Baytna Baytak."

Updated: August 19, 2020 10:56 AM

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