As you guys may know by now, I have waayyyy to many issues with with Rihanna‘s personal/public life to write about the pop star as much as I once did. But good news is a good thing, and celebrity charity can be just as interesting as celebrity drama. Rihanna has been spending time in her hometown of Barbados over the last few days, and we’re just learning that she’s donated a considerable amount of money to a local hospital, in the name of the grandmother she lost earlier this year. Click inside to learn more.
E! has the story:
Rihanna is getting into the holiday spirit by donating $1.75 million dollars to a Barbados hospital in memory of her dear Gran Gran Dolly.
Rihanna broke the news of her grandmother Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite’s death back in June via Twitter: “Goodbye#grangranDOLLY get your beauty rest until I see you.”
The singer visited the hospital Saturday with her mother Monica Fenty and Dolly’s husband Lionel alongside her.
The 24-year-old’s generous donation, which led to the radiotherapy department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown to be renamed the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, has paid for vital pieces of equipment.
In a statement to E! News, the singer said, ”This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program…I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them.”
Rihanna also got a tattoo of her late grandmother’s name across her chest after Dolly lost her battle to cancer.
It’s always good to hear about celebrities giving back. The hospitals in so many places (like Barbados) simply do not have a lot of the equipment or facilities that we take for granted here in the States, so I’m glad RiRi‘s using some of that hard-earned cash to make a change in her hometown. This is especially good news since I was recently rolling my eyes over a gargantuan $12 million house she just bought, lol. Eye-rolling ceased, for the moment :)
But seriously– here’s hoping we all find some way to give back this season. Most of us may not have $1.75 million to give, but you don’t need millions to make a difference in someone else’s life!