Bodossaki Foundation, recognising the critical nature of the situation and the need for expressing concrete solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, has made a number of donations aimed at protecting public health and strengthening the efforts in this area. In particular, the Foundation:
- Contributed to the disinfection operations of the City of Athens during the crisis of the pandemic. The disinfection operations were carried out by the entire fleet of vehicles and all employees of the City of Athens Cleaning Department, using 8,000 litres of disinfectant per day, in all city districts. Disinfected areas included streets, pavements, pedestrianized areas, areas around hospitals, metro and train stations, bus stops, churches, public and municipal buildings, and parks.
- Contributed to the disinfection operations of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, covering the cost of purchasing disinfection equipment.
- Donated to “Bodossakeio” General Hospital of Ptolemaida two portable ventilators, compatible with the National Emergency Aid Centre (EKAV) specifications
- Assisted financially the Meropeiοn Charity Foundation, covering the cost of purchasing health supplies for its staff.
- Donated to the National Health System 14 state-of-the-art superfreezers guaranteeing very low temperatures (down to even -70 degrees Celsius) to be used for storing coronavirus vaccines.
In addition to its own resources and initiatives to deal with the consequences of the pandemic, Bodossaki Foundation joins forces with companies and other Foundations, with a view to maximising social impact. In this context:
- With support from The Coca-Cola Foundation and The Coca-Cola system in Greece (Coca-Cola Hellas and Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon), we strengthened the National Health System by creating 7 new fully equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Beds, donated reagents for 12,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests and supported the “Help at Home plus” programme of the City of Athens, contributing to the needs of thousands of citizens belonging to vulnerable groups
- Using the Foundation’s own funds, as well as donations from Public-Media Markt, Allianz, Eurobank, the Athens-Piraeus Water Supply Company (EYDAP) and BCG, we created the programme “Digital School for All” and we strengthened public primary and secondary schools with tablets, seeking to ensure equal access for all students in the country to the new form of education (digital and distance) that emerged as a priority during the pandemic.
- In addition, the “Help at Home plus” programme of the City of Athens was also supported through the Foundation’s partnership with Accenture, which organised a crowdfunding campaign for its employees and their contact networks on social media.
- We collaborate with The Coca-Cola system in Greece in the social initiative “Future Loading”, implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and Investments, the Ministry of Tourism, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), and the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET). The programme supports small HoReCa businesses (hospitality businesses, restaurants, cafes) and strengthens employability in the sector, through certifications and training activities for their staff, to facilitate their transition to the new conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Goldman Sachs, in partnership with Bodossaki Foundation, supports socially vulnerable groups severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of the measures taken to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, incidents of domestic violence and child abuse have increased. The Goldman Sachs grant for Greece supports:
- the activities of the General Secretariat for Demography, Family Policy and Gender Equality, supporting women all over Greece who are subjected to all forms of violence;
- the work of the NGO ELIZA to prevent child abuse and neglect;
- women victims of gender-based violence, by providing them with legal support and temporary accommodation, through the DIOTIMA Research Centre for Women’s Rights.
- A grant from the Allianz insurance company has helped ensure all medical supplies deemed necessary (nitrile gloves, antiseptics, face masks, thermometers) for the volunteer blood donors of the Panhellenic Federation of Volunteer Blood Donors Associations (POSEA). During the voluntary blood donation activities that took place thanks to this initiative, POESA’s Member Associations secured 17,188 blood units.
For Bodossaki Foundation, improving public health has been a strategic priority from its establishment to this day. The Foundation supports actions and takes initiatives aimed at creating equal opportunities of access to healthcare, upgrading the health services offered by public hospitals as well as by Civil Society organisations, and supporting research in the field of health.