It’s been three weeks since two devasting explosions ripped through Beirut, killing at least 185 people, injuring 6,000, causing indescribable damage and leaving 300,000 people homeless. People from across the world have united in supporting a country in mourning, with companies donating profits to help the Lebanon relief project. We’ve rounded up some fantastic companies which are giving back to Beirut.
Ask Chefs Anything
Ask Chefs Anything’s first international effort in the spirit of gastro-diplomacy is an auction of chats with imminent international chefs on September 10th-13th. Chefs such as Anissa Helou, Caroline de Maigret, Mia Khalifa and Massimo Bottura are all taking part and the 30 minute one-on-one conversations will include recipes and cooking tips. All proceeds will go to Beit el Baraka which is a charitable organisation which is repairing thousands of homes and essential shops in Beirut as well as offering medical and psychological support and is in the process of launching a community kitchen.
Tips and Toes
Feel good from both the outside and the inside with Tips and Toes’ Care 4 You Lebanon package. Select any four services from the package and 10% of the profits will go to the Lebanon relief fund. The choices include shellac manis, pedicures, massages, threading treatments and blow-dries, perfect for an all over pamper.
The talented Esther Bon Anton, contemporary designer of La Bulle, has created a new accessory collection which “celebrates Lebanon and hopes for its bright future; all whilst supporting Lebanese causes”. The cute and symbolic bracelets feature cute phrases (such as ‘for the soul of Beirut and Lebanon’) and all proceeds of the bracelets go to a verified Lebanese charity of your choice.
Thinking of ordering in a delicious carb fest? Do it with Roberto’s and contribute to the Beirut relief efforts. Roberto’s are participating in the Eat to Rebuild initiative and 30% of all food and Roberto’s At Home proceeds on Sunday August 30th will go towards this great cause. Plus, pasta. No brainer.
The L’Oreal Academy and the EIDEAL Academy
Award-winning stylists and educators based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are coming together to cut and style hair to raise as much as possible for the people of Lebanon via the emirates Red Crescent. If you book your appointment between 28th and 31st of August, all proceeds, including additional donations will go directly to relief efforts. The EIDEAL HQ in Beirut was “completely decimated by the explosion” so this is especially close to the heart of these businesses. Prices start from Dhs105 and all appointments must be pre-booked on 0585917577.
Coffee Communications will be offering it’s PR services for 3 months to businesses and designers who have had their businesses damaged by the tragedy in Beirut. They will be ‘supporting the creative community and give[ing] them the chance to raise awareness about their brand’.
The Bella’s (yes, the Pitch Perfect Bella’s!)
The Bella’s have got back together for a good cause and have recorded and released a special version of Beyoncé’s Love On Top. For every download, the proceeds will be going to UNICEF to help the children in Lebanon and children around the world in need. And it's a total bop!
Not only jewellery but a powerful statement, fine jewellery brand L’Atelier Nawbar has recently released new charms based on the Lebanese flag that use shards of glass from the explosion. Sales from the jewellery will “benefit the initiative led by Dr. Riad Sarkis – a highly reputed Lebanese surgeon (Oncology and bariatric surgery) and Professor at the Université St. Joseph – in partnership with Emergency Relief for Lebanon who are working relentlessly to rebuild Beirut”.
Zuhair Murad has created a limited edition tee to raise money for the Beirut disaster, and it has already been seen on Alessandra Ambrosio, Courteney Cox and Sofia Vergara. 100 per cent of the profits from this t-shirt will go to Offrejoie, a humanitarian organisation currently helping in Lebanon.
Tropicool are donating 100% of the proceeds from this weekend at The Dubai Mall branch to benefit the orphans impacted in the city through Emirates Red Crescent. So (as if we needed another reason for an acai!) head on down to The Dubai Mall on the 21st and 22nd of August to get your fix of guilt-free superfruit smoothie goodness.
Deliveroo are continuing the ‘spirit of giving’ in these trying times and for every Dhs donated on the app, Deliveroo will also match the total donation. You can donate as little as AED 10 and is a super easy way to donate, simply search for Lebanese Crisis Relief on the app when your searching for what lunch you’re going to order.
Carrefour is giving customers the opportunity to donate their accumulated SHARE rewards points via the Carrefour app, and it will be transferred to Emirates Red Crescent. This is a great way to donate if you maybe don’t have the financial funds to do so at the moment. You can also buy a digital voucher online which will help purchase essential supplies for the victims of the explosions, as well as donating a box of essential items worth Dhs50 or Dhs100.
Facebook are donating more than 1.6 million dollars to local hospitals, medical institutions and NGOs to support relief efforts. They are working with hospitals and local partners to launch local access to their Blood Donation tool, which allows people to find the nearest place that they can donate blood.
Accessories label Marzook is donating a percentage of all of its August sales to the victims in Lebanon, by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society. The brand is founded by Kuwaiti siblings Fahad and Shouq AlMarzook, and celebs love it.
LV are donating Dhs1500,000 to Unicef to help vulnerable children and families in Beirut. They are raising the funds from the sales of their Silver Lockit necklace, and it’s super cute and chic!