Rihanna’s charitable organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has announced it will be donating $5 million to coronavirus response efforts to do its part to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The organization, which Rihanna founded in 2012 and named after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, said it will be making the donation to several organizations – including Feeding America, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and International Rescue Committee – to help “mobilize a broad response” to the pandemic.
The foundation said the funds will specifically go toward supporting “local food banks serving at-risk communities and the elderly” in the United States as well as the “acceleration of testing and care in countries like Haiti and Malawi.”
The donation will also go toward “protective equipment for frontline health workers and diagnostic labs,” healthcare worker training and virus prevention “in countries that will be on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response,” and the “distribution of critical respiratory supplies,” the group added.
The move by the foundation follows similar big-dollar donations pledged by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies earlier this month that were aimed at supporting global response efforts to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected and killed thousands across the globe.
According to the latest John Hopkins University data, over 329,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide, as well as more than 14,300 deaths and over 97,800 recoveries.
Behind China and Italy, the United States currently has the third most confirmed cases of any other country in the world, with more than 32,600 cases recorded, thus far.