On February 28, Rihanna was on Harvard campus accepting the Peter J. Games Humanitarian award. She’s receiving this award for donating and building a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.
In 2012, she founded the nonprofit the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program [named for her grandparents] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.
Long story short Rihanna is awesome and this international musical phenomenon, is a Barbados-born singer, actress, and songwriter. Her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — she has sold more than 200 million records. Using her success for good Rihanna is changing the lives of those in need.
The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said the Harvard Foundation’s director S. Allen Counter.
She’s also helped many other kids receive educations as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project. She was in Malawi last week for the campaign, People reports, and performed at last year’s Global Citizen Festival, which helps end poverty.
While promoting education, she says “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities, and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this,” she told USA Today when she started the scholarship.
As well as promoting education she promotes healthcare. Rihanna built a center dedicated to breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, where she grew up. She also appeared in a World AIDS Day PSA with Prince William, where they pricked their fingers to demonstrate how simple getting an HIV test is.
She joins an eclectic group of honorees. Past recipients include girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai, Star Wars and The Lion King voice actor James Earl Jones, and four recent U.N. Secretaries General.
Rihanna is doing great things and making all of us proud! By using her fortune for good she is making a change. Not only is she helping those that really need it and are appreciating it, she is being recognized for it nationally. Who knew she was doing all of this?! I sure didn’t, she kept it all very lowkey.
She is broadening her spectrum of talents beyond the singer song writer talents and being recognized for doing good charitable work in the world.
You go RiRi!!
For more info and quotes: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/rihanna-named-humanitarian-of-year/