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Rihanna’s Foundation Donates $5 Million to Coronavirus Response Efforts

Rihanna’s foundation has donated US $5 million to a bunch of organisations helping with coronavirus relief efforts.

The Clara Lionel Foundation (named after Riri’s grandparents, Clara and Lional Braithwaite) made the announcement over the weekend and the money will go towards supporting local food banks, virus testing programs in Haiti and Malawi, healthcare worker training, and the distribution of respiratory supplies and other vital medical equipment.

“When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how COVID-19 would so dramatically alter our lives,” the foundation said.

“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.”

There are a number of organisations benefiting from the donation including Direct Relief, The World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee and Feeding America. 

The Clara Lionel Foundation was started by Rihanna in 2012 and is funded by her star-studded “Diamond Balls” as well as partnerships with major fashion and beauty brands including Riri’s own Fenty makeup line.


Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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