Rihanna is donating $5 million to fight coronavirus via her not-for-profit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation.
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The superstar’s multi-million dollar donation will be distributed to organizations like Direct Relief, Partners in Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and others.
Clara Lionel Foundation announced in a statement that they aim to support “on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities— helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come.”
We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million to @PIH @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @rescueorg @WHO & #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes 📷: @PIH pic.twitter.com/DVfSqw6gQK— Clara Lionel Fdn (@ClaraLionelFdn) March 21, 2020
Funds will provide protective equipment and training for healthcare workers, the distribution and maintenance of critical respiratory supplies, as well as research and development dollars for vaccination and other therapies.
The money will also help support U.S. food banks for at-risk communities, and testing initiatives and care in Haiti and Malawi.
“Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and underserved communities— those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic,” CLF’s executive director Justine Lucas said in the statement.
Rihanna launched and named her foundation for her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, in 2012 with a mission to fund global education and provide financial aid to health and emergency response programs for children around the world. She hosts the Diamond Ball every year in New York City in order to raise funds.
The singer, actress, and fashion and beauty mogul is estimated to be worth over $600 million, and Forbes has dubbed Rihanna the “world’s richest female musician.”
Her generous donation comes at a critical moment as the coronavirus has killed 467 people in the U.S. and more than 11,900 worldwide.