Lizzo Takes Break from Australia Tour to Volunteer at Food Bank & Pack Hampers for Bushfire-Affected Families
Lizzo took a break from her packed Australian tour to help out at a food bank catering to the tons of people affected by the country's devastating wildfires. The singer also highlighted the tragedy via her social media platform.
Lizzo's first-ever tour in Australia sadly coincided with the raging bushfires that have taken many lives and destroyed millions of property, but the "Truth Hurts" rapper decided to make the most of an unpleasant situation.
According to Foodbank Victoria, Lizzo stopped by to volunteer her time at the initiative set up to provide relief for victims of the wildfires. Photos and videos showing the singer as she helped to put together food boxes made it to social media.
"The reason she has connected is that her music is so infused with her message. It's a real-time, blow-by-blow of her life."
"Beautiful [Lizzo] stopped by our @foodbankvictoria warehouse today to thank our hardworking team and vollies who have been working tirelessly for the past 6 days," the team wrote on Instagram. "What a [star]. She even packed hampers for fire-affected regions."
While the organization made calls for more donations to support the fight against Australia's fire crisis, Lizzo also took to her Instagram Stories to highlight what she described as a "global crisis."
"I don't want to politicize anything," she said per CNN. "This isn't a political issue at this point; this is a human issue. The CO2 emissions that are being created by this fire are staggering, and it affects the world."
Volunteers helping out at Foodbank Victoria were reportedly shocked to see Lizzo at the warehouse. According to MadameNoire, they were previously told that a special guest would be dropping by but had no idea who it was.
"Safe to say everyone was freaking out, even the CEO looked so excited. Just shocked that it was really her and that she would make the time to come to Foodbank," Emily, a volunteer at the food bank, reportedly shared.
"[Lizzo] gave a little speech about how much she's always wanted to come to Australia and was sad that this coincided with the trip," Emily continued. "But then saw it as an opportunity to come and spread awareness and do what she can while she's here."
Lizzo joins other celebrities who have been raising awareness and donating time and funds to the Australian bushfire crisis. The singer-songwriter/rapper/flutist also continues to endear herself to fans as a result.
Despite releasing her first album about six years ago, Lizzo did not attain widespread fame until last year when songs like "Truth Hurts," "Juice," and "Tempo" put her on the map and made her an instant chart-topper.
The multi-Grammy nominated artist has also become a poster girl for body positivity and self-love, spreading the message not only through music but also via heartfelt social media posts that fans have come to love and appreciate.
"When you're in the room with her, she makes you feel good. She radiates," songwriter-producer Ricky Reed said of Lizzo last month. "The reason she has connected is that her music is so infused with her message. It's a real-time, blow-by-blow of her life."
"It's been amazing to see Lizzo's meteoric rise," the singer's friend and collaborator Big Freedia, added. "Her messages about strength and her body-positive image are having an impact on people everywhere."
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