Rihanna Clara Lionel Foundation Video: Fighting Cancer, Funding Education In Grandmother’s Memory — WATCH!
Rihanna opens up about the Clara Lionel Foundation in a new video that takes an in-depth look at the charity’s efforts to aid cancer research and promote education. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Rihanna founded the organization in 2012 to “improve lives in global communities through in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.” It is named after the singer’s grandfather, Lionel, and her late grandmother, Clara, who died in 2012. To raise funds and awareness, Rihanna held her first-ever Diamond Ball, a star-studded gala, in December, as Gossip Cop noted at the time.
The new video showcases both the inspiration behind Rihanna’s efforts, and what she and her team have accomplished and still hope to achieve. Rihanna’s mother Monica Braithwaite, one of the forces behind the Clara Lionel Foundation, explains how growing up poor in Barbados but being taught to care for one another is a value she passed on to her famous daughter. “When I think of my grandmother,” says Rihanna, “I think of a very strong woman. Very strong. Very independent. But the most caring woman.”
“All the women in my family strive to be like her,” continues the star. “That’s why I’m here.” Rihanna notes how Clara’s death from cancer made her want to “fight” the disease, and help others have a “chance” to beat the illness. She and the foundation are doing that not just through fundraising for research, but by also donating medical equipment.
Additionally, the organization is building waters wells in Haiti and other countries, and funding education and arts scholarships. “It’s as simple as this: One day you could be the one in need. Your kids. Your kids’ kids. Your love ones,” says Rihanna. “Nobody’s exempt from disease and poverty, you know? You just never know. But we will fight for you the same way.” Check out the video below, and tell us what you think.