EuroCham launches “Breathe Again” campaign to help COVID-19 fight

VOV.VN - The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) launched a new and ambitious fundraising campaign on August 17 in an effort to support Vietnam’s ongoing battle against COVID-19.

As cases continue to rise nationwide and healthcare professionals work tirelessly around the clock to treat patients, EuroCham is encouraging its members to donate to a fresh fund which aims to procure vital medical equipment for hard-pressed Vietnamese hospitals.

The initiative is the brainchild of Gricha Safarian, founder of Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam, with EuroCham agreeing to lead and manage the campaign. The ultimate purpose of the scheme is to utilise its vast and diverse membership, which involves over one thousand enterprises and investors across all sectors and industries, in order to ensure the largest possible fundraising effort.

Companies or individuals wishing to donate to the fund can contact EuroCham at the address breathe.again.fund@eurochamvn.org.

All funds donated to the “Breathe Again” campaign will go towards purchasing European medical devices and equipment which will be used in hospitals in hardest hit localities. 

Addressing the launching ceremony, Alain Cany, chairman of EuroCham, emphasised that, “European business stands shoulder to shoulder with Vietnam during these difficult times. The current outbreak is putting unprecedented pressure on healthcare facilities and hardworking medical staff, and this new fundraising campaign is something practical that our members can do to support.”

“I am confident that the government will repeat its success of previous waves and contain this new, more infectious strain. In the meantime, I hope this initiative will help to support the professionals working on the frontline and the patients most in need of care,” he added.

Meanwhile, H.E. Giorgio Aliberti, EU Ambassador to Vietnam, said “I am proud that European business is stepping up to support Vietnam during this fourth wave outbreak. Europe has a large and longstanding presence in Vietnam, so when our companies and citizens join together in this effort we have the size and scale to make a real difference.”

“Therefore, I encourage European enterprises to contribute whatever they can to this important initiative,” he noted.

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