Rihanna makes everything better, and today is no exception to this rule, with the singer donating $5 million to Coronavirus relief efforts via her Clara Lionel Foundation.
The foundation has said that the money will go towards providing “critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions.”
Rihanna established the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, naming it after her grandparents. It was set up to reach “across borders to fight together for basic rights to education and health.”
In a press release this morning, they said:
“When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how COVID-19 would so dramatically alter our lives. 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. Over the past five years CLF has been one of the first organizations to respond to some of the world’s most devastating natural disasters, and we’ve seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared.”
Organisations set to benefit from the funds include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and others.
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We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million in grants to @PartnersInHealth @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @RescueOrg @WHO and #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes ????: Partners in Health
Rihanna is one of a number of celebrities to step up in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson donated one million meals to Seattle-area food banks, while Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively made a $1 million food bank donation.
Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga have also made donations to food banks in recent days.Image: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris