Rihanna, our Fenty Beauty queen, has just donated a whopping Dhs18,365,000 through the Clara Lionel Foundation towards COVID-19 relief efforts. The Clara Lionel Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 by Rihanna herself. It funds groundbreaking education and response programs around the world. You'll also know it as the reason that Riri hosts a 'Diamond Ball' every year to honour it.
The money will go to food banks, testing, healthcare worker training, virus prevention and distribution of critical respiratory supplies. According to TMZ, CLF's Executive Director, Justine Lucas, says "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."
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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
For that reason, the cash that Riri has pledged to donate will be used for food banks and at-risk communities in the U.S, as well as help for medical care in countries like Haiti and Malawi.
CLF still accepts donations on its website, so if you've got some spare to change, you too can help out with the fight.
Or even better, play your part and stay home to flatten the curve!
Stay safe and sanitised everyone.