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How you can donate to help restore Notre-Dame

Even before the flames were extinguished, hundreds of people around the globe were pledging to do whatever they could to help rebuild Notre-Dame. Here's what you can do if you'd like to help.

How you can donate to help restore Notre-Dame
Fundraisers have been set up to rebuild Notre-Dame

Two French billionaires have pledged €300 million between them, but for people of more modest means there are still plenty of ways to get involved.

French President Emmanual Macron has announced the creation of an international fund to rebuild the iconic Parisien landmark. Full details of the fund are set to be released on Tuesday.

A visibly emotional French premier told reporters: “We will rebuild” when he visited the site late on Monday.

French heritage group La Fondation de patrimonie has also set up a fund inviting people to donate to the rebuilding fund. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.

Notre-Dame cathedral also has its own webpage where people can donate, although it seemed to be struggling under the weight of visitors on Tuesday morning.

The roof ablaze. Photo: AFP

In the meantime the French Heritage Society has set up its own fund. The Paris-based charity is dedicated to promoting French heritage, both in France and the US.

Chairwoman Elizabeth Stribling, said: “I fight back tears as I write this. Notre Dame is more than a religious symbol, it speaks of human achievements and great art. 

“Although it's located in France, it is part of great world art that informs our culture and heritage. We must all spring to action.”

Full details of the fund can be found here, donations are tax deductible and eligible for tax deductions under French law.

Washington DC's main catholic church the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has also launched a fund in solidarity with Notre-Dame.

Their page invites prayers in solidarity or donations to the rebuilding of the iconic cathedral; which was engulfed in flames on Monday evening.

At 6.50pm local time on Tuesday night, church bells across France will ring out as a show of solidarity with the cathedral.

The time is an echo of the time the Netre-Dame fire was first spotted on Monday night.

Meanwhile on Saturday night, French TV channel will host a fundraising concert for Notre-Dame.

A selection of high profile stars, singers and journalists are expected to be involved, along with heritage specialist Stéphane Bern.

 

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  1. Thankyou all at The Local for your immediate and comprehensive coverage of this tragic event as it happened, and thankyou also for providing the link to La Fondation du Patrimoine for donations regarding the reconstruction of Notre Dame.

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HISTORY

Notre-Dame restoration work begins as Paris cathedral on track to reopen in 2024

France's Notre-Dame cathedral is finally ready to undergo restoration work more than two years after a blaze ravaged the heritage landmark, and remains on course to reopen in 2024, authorities said Saturday, following months of painstaking work to secure the building.

Notre-Dame restoration work begins as Paris cathedral on track to reopen in 2024

The great mediaeval edifice survived the inferno on April 15th, 2019, but the spire collapsed and much of the roof was destroyed.

The focus until now had been on making the cathedral safe before restoration work could begin, which included the strenuous task of removing 40,000 pieces of scaffolding that were damaged in the blaze.

“The cathedral stands solid on its pillars, its walls are solid, everything is holding together,” said Jean-Louis Georgelin, head of the public entity tasked with rebuilding the cathedral.

Scaffolding in the interior of the building as the restoration phase begins. Photo by Thomas SAMSON / POOL / AFP

“We are determined to win this battle of 2024, to reopen our cathedral in 2024. It will be France’s honour to do so and we will do so because we are all united on this goal.”

The aim is to celebrate the first full service in the cathedral on April 16th, 2024 – five years after the fire – despite delays caused by the pandemic and the lead that spread during the blaze.

The Notre-Dame spire, a later addition to the medieval building, was completely destroyed in the blaze. Photos by AFP

Authorities will now call for tenders to select the companies to carry out the restoration work.

The cathedral’s interior walls and floors will also undergo “a thorough cleaning process” later this month.

Notre-Dame’s famous Grand Organ is already being restored, with its 8,000 pipes dismantled and sent to organ builders all over France.

It is expected to be put together again in October 2023, said Georgelin, the former head of France’s armed forces who was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron to oversee rebuilding efforts.

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