- Food aid and social assistance totaling €4.235 million has been allocated to at-risk populations via Caritas, World Vision, CESAL, World Central Kitchen, The Trussell Trust Food Banks, Ayuda en Acción, Action against Hunger, the Red Cross, food banks and other organizations in Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Poland and Portugal
- Vaccine research received €900,000 to support work at University of Oxford, Spain’s National Centre for Biotechnology, and Baylor Medical College in the US.
- The company is distributing 900,000 FFP2 masks, 117,000 diagnostic tests and 90 ventilators to various health services in Spain and the UK (NHS), the Peruvian Ministry of Health, and the Red Cross in Colombia and Poland. This item amounts to €3.555 million.
Ferrovial has completed the distribution of €8.69 million out of the “Ferrovial Together COVID-19” fund, through organizations fighting the pandemic in the social, healthcare and research dimensions, in Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Poland and Portugal. That is the total amount of aid distributed to date, and includes the figures disclosed on 8 and 28 May.
The health crisis is having a major economic impact, especially on families that were already in a vulnerable situation. The effect of the pandemic has increased the number of people in a situation of social risk, who are also experiencing greater difficulty in meeting basic needs such as food, hygiene products and medicine. Ferrovial has donated €4.235 million to prestigious institutions in this field. They include Caritas, CESAL, World Vision and World Central Kitchen, in Spain; The Trussell Trust Food Bank, in the UK; various food banks and World Central Kitchen, in the United States; Techo, in Chile; Action Against Hunger, in Colombia; CESAL and Ayuda en Acción, in Peru; and the Red Cross in Portugal and Poland. This aid will reach around 115,000 people, enabling the distribution of 1,710,000 meals.
The company has allocated €3.555 million in the medical field to purchase 830,000 FFP2 masks, 70,000 surgical masks, 117,000 diagnostic tests, 90 ventilators, and other medical and personal protective equipment, for donation to Spanish regional governments, including Madrid, Valencia, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, Catalonia, Cantabria and the Canary Islands. Part of this contribution is being distributed via government agencies and NGOs in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Poland and Portugal.
Ferrovial, which is making major efforts to combat the pandemic, is also supporting research to develop a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has donated €500,000 to University of Oxford, which is undertaking one of the most advanced projects to develop a vaccine. It also allocated €250,000 for two vaccine projects at Spain’s National Centre for Biotechnology, which is part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and €150,000 to Baylor College of Medicine, in Texas, which is working to develop a vaccine that modifies the virus proteins.
Spain is the country that has received the largest share of funds to date (€5 million), followed by the United States (€1.33 million) and the United Kingdom (€1 million). Other recipients are Peru (€435,000), Colombia (€380,000), Chile (€200,000), Poland (€150,000) and Portugal (€195,000).
Ferrovial set up the “Ferrovial Together COVID-19” fund with an initial endowment of €5 million from the company. At the same time, it launched a drive to raise funds among employees, directors, shareholders, contractors, suppliers and anyone wishing to make a contribution, based on the company’s commitment to double all donations. To date, the “Ferrovial Together COVID-19” fund has raised €8.690 million through contributions by Ferrovial and third parties.
A commitment to fighting COVID-19
The company is strongly committed to combating the pandemic, having participated in a number of initiatives, such as setting up a temporary hospital at the Madrid convention center, and developing the “CoronaMadrid” website and app, along with other companies, in partnership with the Madrid Regional Government, to facilitate patient diagnosis and monitoring so as to avoid saturating the healthcare facilities and reduce the numbers requiring emergency care. It also installed drive-in testing centers in the Balearic Islands. In Madrid and Santander, it has made 830 parking spaces available free of charge to healthcare workers.
DONATIONS BY “FERROVIAL TOGETHER COVID-19” FUND
|1,000,000||· 300,000 FFP2 masks
· 70 respirators
|Servicio Andaluz de Salud (Spain)||625,000||· 150,000 FFP2 masks
· 30,000 tests
|Servicio Gallego de Salud (Spain)||200,000||· 80,000 FFP2 masks|
|Agencia Valenciana de Salud (Spain)||450,000||· 80,000 FFP2 masks
· 30,000 tests
|Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)||125,000||· 50,000 FFP2 masks|
|Servicio Cántabro de Salud (Spain)||100,000||· 40,000 FFP2 masks|
|Servicio Catalán de Salud (Spain)||250,000||· 30,000 tests|
|Servicio Canario de Salud (Spain)||250,000||· 100,000 FFP2 masks|
|National Health Service (UK)||60,000||· 20 respirators|
|Amey Supporting Care (UK)||45,000||· Masks and protective equipment|
|Hospital Infantil Roberto del Río (Chile)||10,000||· Masks and hygiene material|
|Hospital de Santarem (Portugal)||25,000||· PPE and healthcare material|
|Red Cross (Portugal)||25,000||· Protective and hygiene material|
|Red Cross (Poland)||115,000||· Protective and hygiene material|
|Red Cross (Colombia)||80,000||· 30,000 FFP2 masks
· 70,000 surgical masks
|Ministerio de Salud (Peru)||195,000||· 27,000 tests|
|Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CSIC) (Spain)||250,000||Research into two potential vaccines|
|Oxford University (UK)||500,000||Research for vaccine development|
|Baylor Collegue of Medicine (Houston. USA)||150,000||Research for vaccine development|
|Caritas (Spain)||1,000,000||Support for families, elderly and homeless people in Alcalá de Henares, Getafe, Huelva, Madrid, Málaga, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Valencia, Ávila, Tortosa, Ciudad Rodrigo, Huesca, Guadix, Vic, Jaca, Canarias, Soria.|
|World Vision||250,000||Food centers in Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Granada, Mieres.|
|CESAL-Ayuntamiento de Madrid||300,000||Daily meals in the Villaverde and La Latina districts|
|Fundación Colegio de Caminos (Spain)||10,000||Support for members affected by COVID-19|
|The Trussell Trust Food Bank (UK)||300,000||Vauxhall Foodbank (London), Glasgow NW Foodbank, Burngreave Foodbank (Sheffield), South Liverpool Foodbank, Cardiff Foodbank, Aston & Nechells Foodbank (Birmingham), Falkirk Foodbank, Belfast West Foodbank, Leeds South and East Foodbank, North Bristol Foodbank, Dorking Area Foodbank, Blackwood and District Foodbank (Wales)|
|SSAFA Emergency Response Fund (UK)||50,000||Assistance for vulnerable personnel in the British Armed Forces|
|Lighthouse Construction Charity (UK)||50,000||Support for construction workers|
|World Central Kitchen (Spain)||180,000||Food for distribution to meal centers in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla|
|World Central Kitchen (USA)||185,000||Food for distribution to meal centers in Washington DC|
|Food banks (USA)||1,000,000||Foundation for Fairfax Public Schools, Virginia Capital Area Food Bank (VA); Houston Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank, West Texas Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, Central Texas Food Bank, Covid Relief Fund (OneStar Foundation), Central Texas Meals on Wheels, Caritas of Waco (TX); Atlanta Food Bank, Atlanta Meals on Wheels (GA); Kern County Food Bank (CA); Second Harvest, Loaves and Fishes – Mecklenburg County (NC) Greater Capital Area Food Bank (DC). Denver Food Bank of the Rockies (CO)|
|Techo (Chile)||190,000||Hygiene kits, and food and meals for meal centers.|
|Semente – Voluntarios Lipor (Portugal)||50,000||Support for families|
|Casa do Misericordia (Portugal)||50,000||Persons aged 65 and over in Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, Maia, Valongo and Vila do Conde|
|Acción contra el Hambre (Colombia)||300,000||Delivery of food packages and hygiene kits to families in Bogotá and other cities|
|CESAL (Peru)||100,000||Delivery of food and hygiene kits to families in Lima Este|
|Ayuda en Acción (Peru)||140,000||Delivery of food and hygiene kits to families and health centers in Callao.|
|Red Cross (Poland)||80,000||Distribution of food and hygiene products|