The group made their donation after being alerted to some local Twitter fundraising between Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein and Ottawa Food Bank CEO Michael Maidment.
Ottawa entrepreneur Adam Miron stepped up with a $10,000 donation of his own and confirmed another $10,000 would be donated by his HEXO cannabis co-founder Sébastien St-Louis. He then put out a call for further support to Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk and Wu-Tang Clan.
During these difficult times, our most vulnerable #ottawa residents need our support.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) April 1, 2020
Today I spoke with @harleyf & @OttawaFoodBank CEO @MichaelMaidment about how we can help.
Harley has agreed to donate $1—up to $10k— to @OttawaFoodBank for every RT this gets! pic.twitter.com/nAhaiLISVE
The Wu were quick to answer the call, writing on Twitter, "We got you...Just made a donation ourselves. Appreciate Canada holding us down all these years." They then passed the message along to George Stroumboulopoulos, Russell Peters and eOne Music's Chris Taylor.
Count me in for $10k @OttawaFoodBank, Sebastien (@Hexocorp CEO) is in for $10k as well - great leadership @harleyf @JimWatsonOttawa @MichaelMaidment Can we spread the word for more donations @WuTangClan @chantalkreviaz @rainemaida #ottawa #fighthunger #COVID19 #isolatehunger— Adam Miron (@adammiron) April 2, 2020
Watson, community members and the Ottawa Food Bank thanked Wu-Tang for their donation, and the action even encouraged others to make donations themselves — including a contribution of one dollar for each of the 36 Chambers.
We got you @adammiron @ottawafoodbank. Just made a donation ourselves. Appreciate Canada holding us down all these years. To our Canadian brothers, @strombo, @solicitorct & @therealrussellp, can you spread the word for more donations? #fighthunger #ottawa https://t.co/dFWPqCuyww— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) April 2, 2020
On behalf of the city of ottawa thank you for your kind donation— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) April 3, 2020
CBC, the Wu got involved after reaching out the group's management. "They were really great about it," he told the broadcaster. "They're just so willing to help."
That's incredible!! Thank you so much for your donation and for your support! 😊👏— Ottawa Food Bank (@OttawaFoodBank) April 2, 2020
Maidment added that the rappers' involvement took the campaign to "a new level," adding, "even my kids think I'm cool now."
"We know that the economy is shedding jobs at a pretty alarming rate," Maidment said. "It's going to be tough times ahead but this is the kind of stuff that gives me hope."