A combo picture of designers, Michael David Kors (left) and Giovanni Maria Versace. File
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Leading fashion designers have pledged to donate $3 (£2.5m) to help the coronavirus relief effort in the cities where their brands are based.
Michael Kors has said it will donate £1.6m to hospitals, health centres and charities in New York.
Italian designer Versace said it plans to donate £400,000 to help causes where the brand was founded.
Meanwhile, UK-based designer Jimmy Choo pledged £400,000 of donations which will help medical professionals on the front line.
All three brands will make the donations through their parent company Capri Holdings Limited.
“Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines,” John D. Idol, chairman and CEO of Capri Holdings, said in a statement announcing the plans.
“We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage and want to support them and the hospitals where they work. We also aim to strengthen organisations dedicated to helping the community.”
Last week, the British Fashion Council (BFC) created a coronavirus crisis fund worth £1m to help brands and designers struggling during the pandemic.
Earlier this month, journalist Anna Wintour launched a fund for those in the fashion industry affected by Covid-19.
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Burberry is donating to charities tackling food poverty across the UK.
In response to UAE schools rolling out remote learning programmes as directed by the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE), The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a Sharjah-based global humanitarian organisation dedicated to helping refugees and people in need worldwide, has announced the contribution of Dhs300,000 to the Al Ahliya Charity schools to support distance learning of Sharjah students who study in schools that run on charitable funding.
Dar Al Ber Society has announced its donation of Dhs7 million to the Crisis and Disaster Fund, in support of the efforts of the UAE and its programmes to preserve public health and safety, in the face of the threat of the spread of the novel coronavirus “Covid-19”, and in order to provide the desired equipment and supplies to various sectors, according to the decisions of the concerned authorities.
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