Pop superstar Rihanna has made a $5 million contribution to coronavirus relief efforts through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). She is the latest celebrity to help with the coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.
The 32-year-old artist’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced in a press release Saturday it’s giving $5 million to support those on the front lines of the COVID-19 response efforts, especially those working to serve marginalized communities in the United States, the Caribbean and Africa.
“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,” the foundation wrote.
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
Badgalriri reportedly founded the nonprofit organization in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Its aim is to support and fund “groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world.”
CLF Executive Director Justine Lucas discussed the monumental importance of Rihanna’s pledge to TMZ.
“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,” she told the outlet.
The organization is also supported by Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball.
The singer’s donation will aid organizations that help support communities with protective gear, medical supplies and equipment, as well as funding food banks across the world.
Rihanna’s foundation is partnering with organizations like Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, according to the report.