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Disney donates $5 million to help rebuild damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 19:29:46-04

(KGTV) — Quasimodo would be proud.

Walt Disney announced Wednesday it's donating $5 million to help in construction to rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, following a devastating fire this week.

“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," Robert Iger, Disney CEO, said in a release. "The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece."

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The donation from Walt Disney comes following a windfall of support from French billionaires who pledged nearly $340 million to help reconstruct the landmark.

Monday, a fire ripped through the 850-year-old church, causing a large amount of damage to the church and toppling its iconic spire. The fire is believed to be a construction accident.

French President Emmanuel Macron has since promised to launch an international effort to rebuild the site.

Disney's own connection to the church is a fixture in the company's film history, with the 1996 release of the animated movie, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." The classic tale follows Quasimodo, a disfigured bell-ringer at Notre-Dame, who struggles for acceptance into society.