RIHANNA WAS presented with her Humanitarian of the Year award at Harvard yesterday (Feb 28).
The Barbados-born songstress was recognised for her work in building a breast cancer centre in her Caribbean hometown and with various charities, including the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), which she launched in 2012.
The 29-year-old collected her plaque from the director of the Harvard Foundation, Allen Counter.
“So I made it to Harvard”, she began her acceptance speech. “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good”.
“I’m incredibly humbled by this, to be to be acknowledged at this magnitude for something that in truth I’ve never wanted credit for”, she continued. “We’re all human, and we all just want a chance. A chance at life, a chance at an education, a chance at a future, really. And at CLF our mission is to impact as many lives as possible. But it starts with just one. Just one”.
“As I stare out into this beautiful room, I see optimism, I see hope, I see the future”, she said. “I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian”.