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- Rihanna’s charity organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has donated $5 million to support efforts combating the novel coronavirus.
- CLF will be “helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come,” read a statement from the charity.
- The generous donation will be used to purchase medical supplies, benefit several food banks and help accelerate testing efforts in more vulnerable countries.
Rihanna is the latest celebrity doing their part to help combat coronavirus. The singer’s charity organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has donated $5 million to support the global fight against the pandemic.
“CLF is supporting 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,” read a statement from the foundation, according to People magazine.
The generous donation will reportedly help benefit organizations such as Feeding America, Direct Relief, Partners in Health, the International Rescue Committee, and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Rihanna and her foundation will also aim to help local food banks serve at-risk communities and the elderly in the United States, accelerate testing efforts in countries such as Haiti and Malawi, and aim to provide protective equipment for medical professional and diagnostic lab workers who are working to develop vaccines to combat the virus.
“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,” commented Justine Lucas, executive director of CLF.
Just last month, Rihanna was honored for her philanthropic efforts with CLF—alongside her countless cultural contributions—at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, where she received the President’s Award.