Rihanna has sent a £3,500 ($5,000) cheque to a Chicago high school to cover the costs of her visit there earlier this year.
The singer left students waiting for over four hours before she arrived to perform a brief concert on March 22 at Barrington High School. They were given free concert tickets and signed merchandise and CDs by her team in a bid to make up for her tardiness.
Rihanna was visiting the school after pupils won her ‘Shine Bright Like A Diamond’ competition for a video highlighting the charitable organisations and activities they are involved in. The cheque is to cover expenses for security and signs for singer’s visit. The rest of the money will be allocated for students.
“We’re certainly gratified to receive a contribution from her,” school spokesman Jeff Arnett told the Daily Herald. “Even though this $5,000 gift has been long in coming, her management communicated with us immediately after the event and said she wanted to do something for the students. It didn’t take any coaxing or pleading by the district. It was something they offered to do, and it took a while to work through the book keeping process.”
He added: “She was late in coming that day and a lot of people waited anxiously for her appearance, and even though this money is late in coming, it’s still appreciated.”
Rihanna released her seventh album ‘Unapologetic’ in November 2012.