Romania: Metallica donates to first paediatric oncology hospital

US heavy metal band Metallica has donated €250,000 (US$280,000) to the endowment of the first Paediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania.

Construction of the €8m hospital, built in the courtyard of the Marie Curie hospital for children in Bucharest, began in December 2017. The 8,000 square metre building will have 52 beds in the oncology section, 10 beds in oncology surgery section, 25 beds in ambulatory department, 10 sterile rooms, as well as one room for radiotherapy.

The donation to Daruieste Viata (The Give Life Association), which is due to complete the hospital next year, came before the band’s final concert in its European tour at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.

Best known for its albums Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All, in a statement the band said that it was inspired by Mastercard’s own €1m Daruieste Viata project earlier this year.

The donation was made through the band’s non-profit foundation All Within My Hands.

“The donation made by Metallica has a special meaning to our project. On one hand, their music inspires and touches so many Romanians, and at the same time so many Romanians are inspired by and contribute to the establishing of the first Paediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania, in order to give children with cancer a chance to live,” said Carmen Uscatu, president of Daruieste Viata Association.

Daruieste Viata is the first NGO to build a hospital from scratch in the country.