Popular Barbadian singer, Rihanna, has donated R88 million through her Clara Lionel Foundation. This will assist in rapid response efforts in the United States of America and several parts of the world.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, popularly known by the stage name Rihanna, has organized a team that seeks to assist groups such as The World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Partners in Health, International Rescue Committee, and Direct Relief.
Several countries, such as Malawi and Haiti, will derive benefit from the funding as care units will be provided and testing will be accelerated. This will mobilise resources and support native communities through the provision of equipment and training.
The multi-award-winning singer has played a major role in combating the coronavirus pandemic by contributing to global efforts.
Clara Lionel Foundation will also support the elderly who are susceptible to the virus, and food banks by supplying foods to communities.
Rihanna’s foundation aims at establishing intensive care units and the acceleration of getting a vaccine for coronavirus.
The executive director of Clara Lionel Foundation, Justine Lucas, said:
Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and undeserved communities, those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic.
Rihanna’s non-profit organisation was launched in 2012, in memory of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.
The foundation was aimed at funding response programmes and education from around the world.
Rihanna is following the footstep of other international celebrities that have contributed to the fight against the pandemic virus. Some of these international celebrities include Justin Bieber and Kristen Bell, Hollywood couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Justin Timberlake, singer Ciara and her husband, Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck, and so on.