Rihanna’s foundation donates £4.2million in a bid to support coronavirus response

Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation has donated $5million (£4.2million) to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The 32 year old Work singer’s foundation is giving the money to a number of foundations across the world including World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Direct Relief, the International Rescue Committee, Partners In Health and Feeding America, as well as a number of others.

A statement from Rihanna’s foundation read: “CLF is supporting on-the-ground partners working on the frontline of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalised communities – helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come.”

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While Executive Director Justine Lucas added: “Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalised and underserved communities–those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic.”

Rihanna’s foundation also shared a photo of a group of people in blue hospital scrubs and masks and wrote in the caption: “We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million in grants to @PartnersInHealth @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @RescueOrg @WHO and #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes: Partners in Health”.

Fans soon flocked to the comments to praise the foundation for it and Rihanna for the effort.

One wrote: “Thank you so much our Bajan Queen!!” Another added: “You are doing amazing job,” followed by a clapping emoji.

And a third said: “You are the best,” followed by a red heart and praying emoji.

This isn’t the only way Rihanna has helped support the effort in tackling the coronavirus as she has also offered to help local food banks in the US, as well as funding to speed up testing efforts and provide protective equipment for healthcare workers on the frontline.

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Rihanna joins a number of celebrities who have provided financial support in helping to tackle the pandemic.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively recently announced they would be donating $1million (£766K) to two companies helping food banks across the US and Canada, to help those in need.

It comes as Idris Elba revealed he is not in intensive care after receiving tweets from concerned fans after false reports claimed he had.

One worried fan replied to the tweet to share their relief that Idris' post was an indication that the rumours of Idris being in intensive care were untrue. They wrote: “Glad you are well. There is a facebook story stating you are in the intensive care unit struggling.” [sic]

To which Idris simply wrote: “Not true.”

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