Morgan Freeman was in Toronto on Monday, May 6 to accept the Key of Knowledge Award from the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which helped raise $2 million toward medical research thanks to the special gala event.

The award was presented to Freeman based on the actor’s “dedication to combating racism and promoting knowledge and education worldwide,” the institution said in a press release.

Money raised from the event will go to the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, and will support the creation of the Morgan Freeman Scholarship Fund, which will help international students attending the Public Health and Community Medicine Program at Hebrew University.

“Last night was a tribute to an extraordinary actor and humanitarian, Morgan Freeman. But it was also a tribute to all the educators, teachers, and change makers of this world; people who get up every morning and believe they can make a difference,” said Elan Divon, executive director of CHFU Toronto. “Not only did we raise money, we were able to demonstrate the universality of education, and what we can achieve when we invest in human capital and young minds.”

Photo by George Pimentel.

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