Ferrovial has approved a donation of €7.22 million from the “Ferrovial Juntos COVID-19” fund to institutions working to combat the pandemic in the social and healthcare dimensions and in research, in Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Chile and Portugal. That amount is the total distributed to date and includes the figure announced on 8 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 who are in this position and are experiencing greater difficulty in meeting basic needs such as food, hygiene products and medicine. Ferrovial has donated close to €3.165 million to prestigious institutions in this field. They include Caritas, CESAL and World Vision in Spain; the Trussell Trust in the UK; a number of food banks in the United States; Techo, in Chile; and the Portuguese Red Cross. This aid will reach around 90,000 people, enabling the distribution of 1,350,000 meals.
The company has allocated close to €3.16 million in the medical field to purchase 800,000 FFP2 masks, 90,000 diagnostic tests, 90 respirators, as well as other medical and personal protective equipment, which will be donated to Spanish regional governments, including Madrid, Valencia, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, Catalonia, Cantabria and the Canary Islands. Part of this item will be allocated to other countries where the company operates, such as the United Kingdom, Chile 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 Oxford University, 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 (€4.8 million), followed by the United States (€1.15 million) and the United Kingdom (€1 million). Portugal has received €150,000, and Chile €110,000.
Ferrovial set up the “Ferrovial Juntos 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 donation. The company will double any contributions up to a total contribution of €10 million. To date, the “Ferrovial Juntos COVID-19” fund has raised €8.690 million through contributions by Ferrovial and third parties.
When it announced the creation of the fund, Ferrovial undertook to be totally transparent in its decisions. In the coming weeks, Ferrovial will provide updates on how its Juntos COVID-19 fund is used.
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.
“FERROVIAL JUNTOS COVID-19” DONATIONS
First and Second Tranches. 28/05/2020
|Salud Madrid(Spain)||1,000,000||· 300,000 FFP2 masks· 70 respirators|
|Servicio Andaluz de Salud (Spain)||625,000||· 150,000 FFP2 masks· 30,000 diagnostic 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 diagnostic 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 diagnostic tests|
|Servicio Canario de Salud (Spain)||250,000||· 100,000 FFP2 masks|
|National Health Service (United Kingdom)||60,000||· 20 respirators|
|Amey Supporting Care (United Kingdom)||45,000||· Masks and personal protective equipment|
|Hospital Infantil Roberto del Río (Chile)||10,000||· Masks and hygiene equipment|
|Hospital de Santarem (Portugal)||25,000||· PPEs and healthcare equipment|
|Cruz Vermelha (Portugal)||25,000||· Hygiene and personal protective equipment|
|Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CSIC) (Spain)||250,000||Research for two vaccine development projects|
|Oxford University (United Kingdom)||500,000||Research for vaccine development projects|
|Baylor Collegue of Medicine (Houston. United States)||150,000||Research for vaccine development projects|
|Cáritas (Spain)||1,000,000||Aid for families, elderly and homeless 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 banks in Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Granada, Mieres.|
|CESAL-Ayuntamiento de Madrid||300,000||Daily meal plans in Villaverde and La Latina Districts|
|Fundación Colegio de Caminos (Spain)||10,000||Aid for COVID-19 affected members|
|The Trussell Trust Food Bank (United Kingdom)||300,000||Food bank of Vauxhall Foodbank (London), Glasgow NW Foodbank, Burngreave Foodbank (Sheffield), South Liverpool Foodbank, Cardiff FoodbankAston and 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 (United Kingdom)||50,000||Aid to vulnerable personnel of the British Armed Forces|
|Lighthouse Construction Charity (United Kingdom)||50,000||Aid to Construction workers|
|Food Bank (United States)||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)||100,000||Hygiene and food kits|
|Semente- Voluntarios Lipor (Portugal)||50,000||Aid to families|
|Casa do Misericordia (Portugal)||50,000||65+ year-old people in Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, Maia, Valongo e Vila do Conde|