Singer Rihanna donates R88 million to help combat COVID-19 pandemic

Singer Rihanna donates R88 million to help combat COVID-19 pandemic

- Rihanna through her Clara Lionel Foundation has donated R88 million which will go into helping rapid response efforts in both the United States and across the world

- The singer's team will seek to help group such as Direct Relief, Partners in Health, The World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and also International Rescue Committee

- Countries such as Haiti and Malawi will benefit from the funding by the acceleration of testing and offering care units

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Celebrated singer Rihanna born Robyn Rihanna Fenty has hugely contributed to the global efforts to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Through her Clara Lionel Foundation, it was announced on Saturday, March 21, that it had donated R88 million which will go into helping rapid response efforts in both the United States and across the world.

It cited groups such as Direct Relief, Partners in Health, The World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and also International Rescue Committee who will get some of the money to help.

According to E-Entertainment, it will also help to support food banks risking lives to supply foods in communities and also the elderly who are the most endangered.

Countries such as Haiti and Malawi will benefit from the funding by the acceleration of testing and offering care units which will go into mobilising resources and supporting native communities by training, and provision of equipment.

The foundation also hopes to help establish intensive care units and also the acceleration of getting a vaccine for 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,” Justine Lucas, the executive director - Clara Lionel Foundation, said.

Rihanna's foundation was founded back in 2012 in honour of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

The nonprofits organisation's efforts were rallied around funding groundbreaking education and emergency preparedness and response programs around the world.

The singer follows in the footstep of other international celebs such as Ciara and husband Russell Wilson, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Bell and Justin Bieber who are helping in their own right.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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