Fuel additive company Infineum on Thursday (20 February) said in response to the negative impact of Covid-19, it launched an initiative to match the amount of employee donations and give the equivalent figure to three global charities; Doctors Without Borders, Direct Relief, Action Against Hunger.
As a result,USD 690,000 was donated to charities all over the world, by employees and the organisation during Covid-19 pandemic.
“This altruism reflects the generosity and thoughtfulness of Infineum employees all around the world,” said Trevor Russell, Infineum CEO.
“Despite some difficult personal circumstances, employees gave an incredible USD345,000 to charities during this pandemic to support those who have been severely impacted.
“This sustainable giving makes me feel incredibly proud and humbled and I am delighted that Infineum is matching this figure and supporting global charities through a very difficult time.”
Colleagues donated to a huge variety of charities ranging from hospitals and direct workers, through to vulnerable people or animals. A few colleagues shared where and who they donated to:
“I have made contributions to five charities, these charities look after the distribution of food packages to one of the most affected people in this lockdown in the streets of Mumbai, the migrant labour class. Also, these charities feed the stray animals who have no one to look after them.” Raghuram, Infineum India
“On behalf of a group of colleagues, I donated to the hospitals in Liguria Italy, because we wanted to provide tangible support to those who were taking care of our health in these difficult times.” Marco, Infineum Italy
“I donated to a charity that supports Syrian refugees in a camp in Lebanon. These people live under very difficult circumstances and during Covid-19 they have been unable to work and provide food for their families.” Rebecca, Infineum UK
“I donated to Doctors Without Borders. I always watched their advertisements, and thought about donating, but never did. When Infineum started this great idea, it was the push I needed to start to donate.” Cristina, Infineum Italy
In addition to this, Infineum provided hundreds of litres of isopropanol to the local fire department in Germany, to help them to blend their own disinfectants for hands and surfaces, as well as masks and goggles to local care institutions and meals for the homeless in Cologne.
In China hundreds of masks were given to Original Equipment Manufacturers in Wuhan and hygiene care packs were bought for children as they returned to school.
Charities all over the world have been impacted by Covid-19. Many are having to deliver additional services, to those who really need help, with fewer volunteers and staff members, at a time when fundraising activities have been cancelled.
By working together with employees, Infineum is proud to support 556 charities in many different countries to help them through this crisis.
Photo credit: Infineum
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