Rihanna and Several Other Celebrities Donate to Combat Coronavirus
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world’s most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come.”
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation has donated $5 million to various organizations assisting with coronavirus relief efforts.
The Clara Lionel Foundation announced the donation in a statement on Saturday.
“When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how (the coronavirus) would so dramatically alter our lives,” the foundation said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world’s most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come.”
The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by 32-year-old Grammy-winning singer, Rihanna. It funds education and emergency preparedness and response programs around the world. One of its core pillars is to transform the way the world responds to natural disasters.
In February 2017, the foundation earned Rihanna a “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University.
CLF announced that they will support on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities – in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa.
Their recently announced contribution will benefit organizations such as Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee and World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, among others.
Specifically, the funds will go towards local food banks, accelerating testing in countries like Haiti and Malawi, and protective equipment for frontline health workers, which has become a major issue. It will also help with healthcare worker training and protecting Native communities by providing them with resources to fight the virus.
Rihanna is among several celebrities who have already pledged financial contributions to combat the global pandemic. Actors Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively donated $1 million to two organizations representing food banks across the United States and Canada. Talk show host Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos donated $1 million to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators as well as to WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City. Music superstar Justin Timberlake donated to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.