Rihanna named Harvard's Humanitarian of Year

RiRi is getting a top honour for supporting a whole host of good causes.

Rihanna is about to add another major award to her collection, this time for her extensive charity work.

The superstar singer has been named Harvard University's Humanitarian of Year, which recognises prominent figures who give back to society.

We don't always hear about Rihanna's humanitarian efforts, but she's been busy behind the scenes helping those in need when she's not topping the charts.

She's particularly passionate about helping people back on her home island of Barbados, where she's built a medical facility to help in the fight against cancer.

Rihanna also launched the Global Citizen education initiative last year with former Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, aiming to improve schooling in the world's poorest countries.



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"Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art centre 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."

Just last month Rihanna traveled to Malawi to meet with government officials, students and mentors to discuss improving education.



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RiRi is in good company, as past Harvard award winners have included gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

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