If you've been looking for some good news — this is it. On Sunday, Canada's Stronger Together show raised millions of dollars for Food Banks Canada, and donations are still coming. The star-studded event even broke records!
The 90-minute special that aired on April 26 was full of famous Canadians, who came together in support of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As it turns out, that show of support paid off.
During and after the broadcast, more than 140,000 individuals across the country reached out and donated to those in need, according to Bell Media.
So far, over $6 million has been raised for Food Banks Canada, and it's expected to provide immediate support to Canadians who need it.
Even better, as people continue to give back to the organization and donations are still being tallied, that total could go even higher.
"Although we have always known that Canadians are amongst the kindest people on earth and we hoped and planned for our neighbours' generosity, we were brought to our knees with gratitude by the overwhelming caring of our communities across Canada," said Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada, in a news release.
The organization supports 3,000 local food banks all over the country, all of whom will receive a boost from this huge cash injection!
Not only did the event raise a lot of money for a brilliant cause, but it also broke a big record. The show became the most-watched non-sports Canadian broadcast in history. Impressive!
It was played on 44 different TV networks and reached around 11.5 million viewers overall.
This means that almost a third of all Canadians watched some part of the event on Sunday!
Almost 100 Canadian artists, activists, actors and athletes joined the special event, to share stories of hope and inspiration during the pandemic.
Stars included Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé and even Drake.
As part of Stronger Together,Arkells visited a university student in Ontario to give her a graduation celebration. At a safe distance, of course.
The band's frontman and guitarist serenaded the student and dedicated the performance to all graduates who can't go out and celebrate this summer.
Great job Canada, you're the best!