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Rihanna is named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for building breast cancer treatment centre in Barbados

GIVING BACK: Rihanna

GIVING BACK: Rihanna

RIHANNA has been honoured for her philanthropic work by Harvard University.

The Barbados-born, Grammy Award-winning singer was named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for building a breast cancer treatment centre in Barbados.

“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,” Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter said.

The 29-year-old will receive the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award during a ceremony on the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus next Tuesday (Feb 28).

Last month, Rihanna visited a Malawi school in Lilongwe touring classrooms and meeting with the students.

“Met the bravest, most humble kids and young women this week! I can’t wait to share more! #CLF #GC #GPE,” she wrote alongside an Instagram snapshot with a group of children from her trip.

She travelled to Africa on behalf of her Clara Lionel Foundation, and is working as the ambassador for charities Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.

In May last year, she launched the Clara Lionel Foundation’s Global Scholarship Program, dedicated to giving people in nations such as Cuba, Haiti and her home country, Barbados, the chance to study at universities in the United States.

“Giving back is important to me and it should be important to everyone,” Rihanna said at her annual Diamond Ball Gala benefit in 2015.

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