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Singer and entrepreneur, Rihanna, is one of many celebrities using their influence and financial power to assist countries around the world with the fight against COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

The deadly virus which causes severe respiratory illness has taken the world by storm since December 2019, when the first cluster of cases was identified in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus, now with an estimated 1.8 million cases worldwide, was swiftly upgraded to a pandemic by March 2020 and has since caused great loss of life and economic disruption. 

Through Rih’s charity, The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), founded in 2012 in memory of her grandparents, she has donated 5 million USD to Direct Relief, Feeding America, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and other organizations fighting COVID-19 worldwide.

The CLF and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation have donated 2 million USD which will be used to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), alongside supporting undocumented workers, the incarcerated, homeless and elderly populations, and children of frontline healthcare workers amid the pandemic.

Rihanna in conjunction with the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, pledged 2.1 million USD each to provide resources and support to individuals and children suffering from domestic violence in Los Angeles.  

In the Caribbean, Rihanna has donated a 1.4 million Barbadian dollars (BDS) to her home country of Barbados. These funds are expected to supply the country with ventilators to assist with the treatment of patients who have contracted the virus. Barbados currently has a total of 71 confirmed cases. 

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman

During this unprecedented global crisis, it is essential to follow the advice provided by local healthcare and government officials. Let’s do our part to reduce the number of new cases and further spread of the virus.

#StayHome 

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