Published: Mon, March 23, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Rihanna donates $5M to coronavirus relief via Clara Lionel Foundation

Rihanna donates $5M to coronavirus relief via Clara Lionel Foundation

Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation is joining the global fight against coronavirus by giving $5 million to the response efforts.

The charity will be supporting Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee and World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as they continue to fight the pandemic in the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa. The new funds are said to help deliver accelerated testing, equipment for health workers, vaccine development and food distribution.

Fans of Rihanna know that she created the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of her grandparents, Lionel Braithwaite and Clara, in 2012.

"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", CLF Executive Director Justine Lucas told the outlet.

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"Protecting our frontline health workers and marginalized communities around the world requires getting ahead of it fast and the time to act is now", the release continued.

On Thursday, video platform TikTok said it was partnering with After-School All-Stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger's nonprofit, to give food vouchers and gift cards to families impacted by schools closed due to the coronavirus. Other worldwide celebrities who have contributed to the cause of fighting coronavirus include Hollywood couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, singer Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, fashion designer Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck.

While many celebrities have been doing their part in fighting the pandemic, others have come under fire for being patronizing.

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