Rihanna is stepping up in the global fight against the coronavirus.
Her foundation, the Clara Lionel Foundation, announced a $5 million pledge over the weekend to support various organizations coordinating relief efforts. That's a bag! 💰
"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."
The money was distributed among a few groups, including Partners in Health, Direct Relief, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Rihanna's home country of Barbados.
Through these organizations, the funds will benefit local food banks serving at-risk communities, the acceleration of testing and care in countries like Haiti and Malawi, and protective equipment for frontline health workers.
Also, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response will receive training, and the distribution of critical respiratory supplies will be facilitated.
Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. Named after her grandparents, the organization empowers innovative education and emergency response programs around the world.
Other big names, like Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Rita Ora, Jimmy Fallon, Ciara and Russell Wilson, and several NBA players (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson, Blake Griffin), have also lent a helping hand to aid coronavirus relief. They've donated to schools, hospitals and food banks struggling with the pandemic.
Shouts out to Rihanna and everyone else making a difference during this time of need! 🙌