Saturday 20 July, 2019

Rihanna named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year

The Harvard Foundation today announced that Barbadian megstar, Rihanna, has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

She will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on the Massachusetts campus next Tuesday.

She is being honoured for her work supporting education and health care in Caribbean and developing countries.

“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 S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.

“She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the US from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide 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.”

The Harvard Foundation recognises prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honour of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. 

Past honorees include physician-statistician Hans Rosling; actor James Earl Jones; Nobel Peace Prize Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland; U.N. Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Javier Pérez de Cuéllar; gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai; anti-child-labor spokesman Kailash Satyarthi; tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe; former Health and Human Services Director Louis W. Sullivan; and farmworker rights advocate Dolores Huerta.

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