Disney pledges US$5 mil for Notre Dame rebuilding effort

Disney CEO Robert Iger said the company would stand with the French community. (AFP pic)

LOS ANGELES: The Walt Disney Company announced Wednesday that it will donate US$5 million to help rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting Walt Disney’s chairman and chief executive officer in a statement.

“Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history,” said Robert A Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, in the statement.

“The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbours in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a US$5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece,” he announced.

Notre Dame is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture which receives about 12 million visitors every year. The 850-year-old historic landmark was severely damaged by a devastating fire on Monday.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, vowed to rebuild the cathedral after the inferno.

In two days following the devastating blaze, nearly a billion dollars have been reportedly pledged by donors from across the world, including some major companies.