Metallica have donated €250,000 ($277,600) to support the construction of Romania’s first paediatric cancer hospital.
The American metal titans, who are very popular in Romania, made the donation ahead of their sold-out show Wednesday in Romania’s National Arena, according to the band’s All Within My Hands non-profit foundation.
The funds went to the Daruieste Viata (Bestow Life) association, which is working to modernize Romania’s medical infrastructure, increase its cancer survival rate and build the country’s first Paediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital. The group says the country’s cancer survival rate is way below the European Union average.
The construction of the cancer hospital began in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020. Few hospitals have been built in Romania since the 1989 fall of communism, a situation most blame on endemic government corruption.
Metallica wrote on Twitter: “Thank you to all the fans who attended #MetInBucharest for helping us kick off this last European leg with a bang! With your help and the help of a generous sponsorship by @mastercard, we were able to present @daruiesteviata (The Give Life Association) with €250,000 in support of their #NoiFacemUnSpital initiative, building the first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania. #MetallicaGivesBack #AWMH ・・・ #Repost @allwithinmyhandsfoundation. The final leg of the European tour starts with a very special donation. Together with the fans attending #MetInBucharest and a generous sponsorship from @mastercard, @metallica is able to present @daruiesteviata (The Give Life Association) with €250,000 in support of their #NoiFacemUnSpital initiative, building the first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania. #MetallicaGivesBack #AWMH.”
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Metallica will be taking their WorldWired world tour to South America during the spring of 2020. The shows will kick off in Chile at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional on 15 April and wrap up in Brazil at Belo Horizonte’s Estadio Do Mineirao on the 27th of the same month.
Metallica said: “As the WorldWired tour hits the last leg in Europe, there are still so many places left to visit… South America, you’re up first in 2020!
“The last time we had the pleasure was in 2017 as part of the Lollapalooza festival and now it’s time to come back with the full-on stadium experience for six headlining shows including two Brazilian cities we have never played in – Belo Horizonte and Curitiba. Opening the shows will be recent Grammy winners Greta Van Fleet!”