Here at Ferrovial, we have recognized the efforts made by professionals who have been on the front lines against the pandemic by participating in the tribute held by the newspaper La Razón in Madrid. Juan Francisco Polo, Director of Communications and CR at Ferrovial, presented the award to our colleagues in the Community of Madrid’s Emergency Medical Service (SUMMA).
Every day throughout the almost three months of confinement, we stepped out onto our balconies to cheer as a sign of gratitude to the country’s healthcare workers. Their efforts, dedication, and tireless work against COVID-19 have made them the true heroes of this health crisis. This is why Ferrovial sponsored this tribute organized by the newspaper La Razón recognizing the work of 26 organizations.
One of the award recipients was the Community of Madrid’s Emergency Medical Service (SUMMA). Our Director of Communications and CSR, Juan Francisco Polo, presented the plaque to the managing director of SUMMA, Pablo Busca, on behalf of all the workers whose efforts were essential to saving many lives.
During the event, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, specifically mentioned the IFEMA field hospital set up by Ferrovial workers to alleviate hospital saturation during the worst weeks of the pandemic: “a testimony to life and how we have to work.”
At the opening of the event, the director of the La Razón newspaper, Francisco Marhuenda, similarly stated, “The act creates satisfaction and sadness because we would have preferred this pandemic never to have happened. But if there is something we have learned from it, it’s that we have high-level healthcare workers and an extraordinary capacity for sacrifice.”
Our commitment, ‘Ferrovial Together COVID-19’
At Ferrovial, we see our investment in the community as an instrument for developing society and the environment in which we work. That’s why we set up the “Ferrovial Together COVID-19” fund at the beginning of the health crisis. It has an endowment of up to €10 million, with which we’ve raised funds to fight the pandemic.
The Fund’s aim is to provide financial resources to health administrations, hospitals, universities, and research or development centers, as well as NGOs in a series of specific projects focused on acquiring healthcare products and medical equipment and investigating pharmacological or vaccine solutions to combat the effects of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. We have also allocated financial resources from the Fund to help vulnerable groups or those at risk of exclusion as a result of the current health crisis.