Lorde Makes Big Donation to New Zealand Children's Charity

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Lorde attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.  

While the world eagerly awaits her new music, Lorde took some time recently to make a significant donation to a New Zealand children's charity. Posting under her given name (Ella Yelich-O'Connor) on a fundraising page for the Fuel The Need charity, the "Royals" singer wrote on Wednesday, "Good on you Manuel and Fuel the Need -- hope this helps a little bit. Lots of love from a former kid who is passionate about all kids having access to food at school." 

The $14,500 donation ($20,000 NZ) to the organization that helps provide lunches for children who don't otherwise have access to food was a big help to the organization, according to founder Manuel Dalton. "All sleepy eyed I looked at my notifications and saw one from Givealittle and had to do a double take at seeing $20,000," he told Stuff. "I wasn't aware who Ella Yelich-O'Connor was and when people told me it was Lorde, I said 'gosh, oh my Lord'."

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Dalton said each meal costs $3 and the project was looking to raise $30,000 over the course of the school year, but that he didn't want to commit to it until he had at least half of the funding. "The last thing I wanted to do was in a month or two stop because we've got no more money," he said. At press time the drive had raised nearly $25,000 from 42 donors. A spokesperson for Lorde could not be reached at press time to confirm the donation. 

Lorde has been hard at work on the follow-up to her smash 2013 debut, Pure Heroine, posting earlier this week that "it's summer in the studio too" and, a week before, that she and collaborator Jack Antonoff "really crushed it at work this week."



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