After Harvard named Rihanna as their Humanitarian Of The Year, she gracefully accepted the award at a ceremony at Harvard University on Tuesday.

Her acceptance speech during the ceremony was inspiring and powerful but also light and heartwarming filled with giggles and smiles.

Rihanna couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she accepted the award from the institution’s Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.

During her speech she spoke about how how she developed a passion for helping others as a child while watching commercials on TV.

“I would think to myself, ‘I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa,” she said.
“And I would say to myself, ‘when I grow up and I get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world.’
“I just didn’t know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager.”

Rihanna also took the time to encourage the audience to help people as well, reminding them that you don’t have to be rich to help somebody.

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian,” she said.
“What that little girl watching those commercials didn’t know, is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody.
“You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbour. You just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”

Watch the full speech below.