Sunday 12 July, 2020

Rihanna donates $1.4 million to fight COVID-19

Rihanna and Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the 2019 Diamond Ball (FILE)

Rihanna and Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the 2019 Diamond Ball (FILE)

Barbadian sensation Robyn Rihanna Fenty has been lauded by the Barbados Government for her contribution towards fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced tonight during the Appropriation Bill 2020, that Rihanna has donated BBD $1.4 million to Government towards the purchase of ventilators. The island's business sector has also united to offer assistance in the purchasing of medical supplies and equipment to combat COVID-19. 

Government reported two more positive cases of COVID-19 earlier today, bringing the national total number of confirmed cases to six. All six cases are imported. Each patient who is being treated has a travel history to the United States. Two out of the six cases are two visitors to Barbados. The others are Barbadians. Barbados' first two cases were confirmed March 17.

Sagicor has donated two temperature scanners for the airport and seaport and Courts Barbados, a subsidiary of Unicomer, donated beds for the quarantine facilities.

Mottley also announced the launch of the Barbados Adopt Our Families Programme, to which Massy Barbados has donated $250,000. The programme will assist vulnerable groups and cash-strapped families affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

"We believe that a country that knows what it is to carry each other cannot watch others suffer in this environment; separate from those who can afford to hire somebody to help around the house and to do other things that they can't because they are earning better than most."

Therefore, she made a call for those in a position financially to give, to do so.

"I am directly appealing to the people of this country, particularly those who are earning above $100,000 in Barbados and those companies who can afford it to contribute to Barbados' Adopt Our Families Programme that will be chaired by the Director of Finance and Economic Affairs and that will have other public servant representatives, not the political class, be able to manage that fund to ensure that we can reach as many Barbadians as possible."

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