Heavy metal band Metallica donates €250,000 for Romanian paediatric hospital

Metallica performs during the I’ Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell’ concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California January 16, 2019. — Reuters pic
Metallica performs during the I’ Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell’ concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California January 16, 2019. — Reuters pic

BUCHAREST, Aug 15 — American heavy metal band Metallica has donated €250,000 (RM1.17 million) to a Romanian association building the country’s first paediatric oncology hospital, they said yesterday.

The donation to Daruieste Viata (Give Life), founded in 2012, came ahead of the band’s sold out concert yesterday, its fourth in the European Union state since 1999, the association said on its Facebook page.

The donation was made through the band’s non-profit foundation All Within My Hands, it said in a statement.

Construction began in mid-2018 on the hospital in Bucharest, one of the few to be built in Romania over the last three decades. The project is expected to be completed next year, with donations from 260,000 individuals and slightly fewer than 2,000 companies so far.

Romania has one of the EU’s least developed infrastructure due to weak public administration, corruption and bureaucracy, despite years of strong economic growth and billions of euros in EU funding. The current government has repeatedly postponed plans to build three new regional hospitals for which the EU has allocated funds. — Reuters

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