UNICEF raised US$ 1,056,000 in support of the healthcare system in Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia, 28 April 2020 - The business community in Serbia has shown a high level of solidarity and, despite declining revenues due to a slowdown in the economy, has responded swiftly to UNICEF’s fundraising appeal to companies and individuals.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF in Serbia has raised a total of US$ 1,056,000 to purchase respirators and medical and healthcare equipment.
Schneider Electric and its Global Development Centre in Novi Sad, in Serbia, were among the first to offer to donate funds to UNICEF for the procurement of equipment needed by the healthcare system. Schneider Electric's total donation, including personal donations from company employees, is US$ 107,300.
“During these challenging times, we all take responsibility and show solidarity with the community in which we live and work. I am very proud that Schneider Electric has joined forces with UNICEF and supported its initiative, but I am also grateful to all the Schneider Electric teams who have contributed their personal donations. Together, we have raised funds for the most vulnerable people in our community and provided assistance to support healthcare professionals whom we all respect and admire most sincerely,” said Luis D'Acosta, Director of Global Development Centre at Schneider Electric in Novi Sad.
“We greatly appreciate the contribution of the private sector to accelerating results for children. This kind of fundraising is crucial for both regular and emergency programmes, like the one we are all facing right now. The private sector in Serbia is one of the fastest responding to UNICEF's global appeal, along with China, Denmark, the United States and Canada. I thank all the companies that donated to UNICEF to help our joint fight against the Coronavirus and to save lives in Serbia,” said Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Serbia Representative.
Schnider Electric is a member of the Digital Serbia Initiative, which has strongly supported UNICEF's efforts in Serbia to respond to COVID-19.
The Digital Serbia Initiative engaged its members from the IT community to respond to UNICEF's appeal.
Nordeus and Symphony, Exlrt, Execom, Prozone, Vega IT, Orion Telecom, Typhoon Hill, Catena Media, Endava, Continental Automotive, Telenor, Telegroup, Online Courses and Quantox Technology all responded immediately with direct donations to UNICEF. Nordeus, Symphony and Nutanix employees also made donations, and the management of these companies invited their business partners to join the appeal.
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