Rihanna donates $5 million to try and stop coronavirus


Businesswoman, actor and former pop singer Rihanna has shown the entertainment industry how to conduct itself with a US$5 million donation to organisations trying to stop the spread of cornavirus COVID-19.

“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,” Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced.

“Over the past five years CLF has been one of the first organisations 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.

“That’s why Clara Lionel Foundation has provided US$5 million to the following organisations to immediately mobilise a broad response working with on-the-ground partners that include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others.”

COVID-19, the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, has now killed more than 13,000 people worldwide.

The money from Rihanna, who launched Savage x Fenty lingerie in June last year, will support food banks serving at-risk communities and the elderly in the US.

It will also assist in speeding up the testing and care in countries like Haiti and Malawi, together with the mobilisation of resources and additional capacity and support for Native communities, protective equipment for frontline health workers and diagnostic labs, the establishment and maintenance of intensive care units, and acceleration of the development of vaccines and other therapies across the globe.

Healthcare worker training, virus prevention and containment in countries that will be on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and distribution of critical respiratory supplies are also covered.

“We know that one of the most powerful weapons we have against COVID-19 is preparedness,” said Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.

Rihanna, is not the other well-known individual to make a personal donation.

Fashion mogul Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra are giving back to her native Italy which has suffered more deaths from coronavirus than anywhere in the world.

“In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” a statement on her Instagram page reads. “This is why Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan.”

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Artist Justin Timberlake posted a note in his Instagram stories that he would be donating to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

“This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together,” Timberlake wrote. “Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”

NBA player Marco Belinelli, the San Antonio Spurs guard, has partnered with the NBA players union to donate an unspecified amount of money to help the Ospedale Maggiore hospital in his native Bologna, the largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. Belinelli’s father Daniele, mother Iole, and two brothers Umbertro and Enrico are confined in their homes in Italy since the coronavrius outbreak swept the country on 20 February.

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