We often get to see the glamorous side of Rihanna’s life, but an even bigger side of the superstar is her charitable heart. In a new video detailing the work of the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna opens up about the non-profit founded in honor of her late grandmother who succumbed to cancer in 2012.
“She passed away and so I care about fighting this disease," Rihanna says. "I care about giving them [cancer patients] a chance.”
The foundation, which is named after Rih’s grandmother, Clara, and her grandfather, Lionel, works to improve the quality of life for global communities, in areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
CLF has raised hundreds of thousands to assist cancer patients, in addition to the millions Rihanna has personally raised herself. The 27-year-old bajan singer is on track to raise over $40 million for HIV/AIDS alone. She also personally donated a new radio therapy machine to the oncology department of the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Barbados.
In the future CLF plans to expand the organization to make clean water globally accessible, including building wells in Ethiopia and Cambodia.
“It’s as simple as this: one day you could be the one,” Rihanna adds. “Your kids, your kids' kids, your loved ones, nobody’s exempt from disease and poverty. You just never know, but we will fight for you.”
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(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)