Rihanna donates US$5 million to fight Covid-19 pandemic

Rihanna’s foundation has donated US$5 million (RM22.1mil) towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Clara Lionel Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Rihanna in 2012, supports and funds education and emergency-response programmes around the world.

Over the past five years, CLF said it has been one of the first organizations to respond to some of the world’s most devastating natural disasters, adding that it has “seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared.

The 32-year-old singer-actress named the foundation after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. In a press statement released last Saturday, the foundation said it would donate the money to organisations such as Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners In Health, the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and International Rescue Committee.

Rihanna said she founded CLF in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Programs include the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, and education programs.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. This pandemic will affect us all,” the statement said. “And for the world’s most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come.” Rihanna joins a growing list of celebrities who have made donations in response to the pandemic.

In addition, CLF said the funds will support protective equipment for frontline health workers and diagnostic labs, the establishment and maintenance of intensive care units, and acceleration of the development of vaccines and other therapies across the globe.

The funds will also support healthcare worker training, virus prevention and containment in countries that will be on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response; and distribution of critical respiratory supplies.

American celebrity couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated US$1mil (RM4.4mil) to non-profit hunger relief organisations Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, while American singer Ciara and her husband, American football quarterback Russell Wilson, have donated one million meals to non-profit organisation Food Lifeline in Seattle.

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