New donations from the business community to UNICEF worth $246,160
Belgrade, 15 April 2020 – Despite the slowdown in business activities across the economy, the business community has responded very quickly to the call from UNICEF in Serbia to companies and individuals to donate for procurement of ventilators and medical and healthcare equipment.
Last week alone, companies donated as much as $246,160.00 to UNICEF. The largest single donor is Multikom Group, which donated $99,671.00, and other companies that responded to the call are Symphony with $60,287.00, Catena Media Ltd with $54,974.00 and Lidl Serbia with $14,612.00.
Nordeus, Catena, Nutanix and Endava further motivated their employees to provide individual donations to help UNICEF respond to the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic in a timely fashion. Symphony employees independently launched a donation collection campaign, and the company supported it with an additional donation for procurement of medical and protective equipment.
Since the start of the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, UNICEF in Serbia has, thanks to the support from the business community and individuals, raised a total of $935,280.00 so far for procurement of the necessary medical equipment, procurement of protective equipment for health care workers, as well as for distribution of hygiene kits for the most vulnerable families and children.
“UNICEF is providing full support to the national efforts to protect the population through procurement of the critically needed equipment for the health care system, but also through provision of hygiene kits for the most vulnerable families and children. We highly appreciate the private sector's contribution to our work – both to regular programmes for children and in emergencies like the one we are all facing right now. The business community has shown true solidarity and allocated a part of its revenue, in times of economic uncertainty, for helping the society. I would like to thank all the companies that donated to UNICEF and joined forces with us to combat coronavirus and save lives in Serbia”, said Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Representative in Serbia.
The number of companies that responded to our call shows that there is a strong awareness in the business community that unity is the strength that can help us.
Humanity is facing a global crisis that knows no borders and the speed of our recovery from this crisis depends only on our humane and united response.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/serbia