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Press release – Sphera Franchise Groups donates 100.000 euro to the Romanian Red Cross organization for acquiring medical equipment, joining the fight against COVID 19

April 1st, 2020

 

  • A donation of 100.000 euro to the Romanian Red Cross for the acquisition of medical equipment– ventilators for coronavirus patients and protection suits for the health care workers
  • KFC and Pizza Hut food donation for part of the employees of the Public Health Direction Bucharest and the medical staff from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases – “Prof. Dr. Matei Balş”
  • Raw materials donation from KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to NGOs around the country, supporting people coming from disadvantage environments

 

Sphera Franchise Group announces a donation of 100.000 euro to the Romanian Red Cross organization supporting the acquisition of medical equipment – ventilators for patients in need and protection suits for the health care workers in the public sector, necessary in the context of the COVID 19 threat, in Romania.

The donation will be used to purchase these immediate resources critical for the medical community. The equipment will be used to ensure the safety of the medical staff and the treatment of positive COVID 19 patients.

This measure comes to support the initiatives of the Romanian Red Cross organization for fighting against the spread of the new coronavirus, in Romania.

 

Moreover, Sphera Franchise Group has decided to start donating meals from KFC and Pizza Hut brands, daily, for part of the employees of the Public Health Direction, in Bucharest.

At the same time, between 1-16 of April, daily, the Group will offer KFC and Pizza Hut meals to the medical staff of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases – “Prof. Dr. Matei Balş”. Therefore, the company is looking to ensure support to the people that are in the first line within this context, during the emergency state.

 

Also, following the closing down of most of its restaurants, Sphera Franchise Group has decided to redirect part of the raw materials (food products) to different organizations in Bucharest and in the country, who support people coming from disadvantaged environments. During difficult times, it is critical to look after people who have no support and are very exposed to the virus and who lack bare necessities, food included. Up until now, Sphera donated raw materials of over 38,000 euro to the following NGOs: Caritas Bucharest, The Humanitarian Organisation Concordia, SOS Children’s Villages, Touch Romania Organization – The maternal centre “Home Agar”, Bucuria Darului Brașov, Saint Helen Parish, the project People of the Street, Caritas Federation in Timişoara.

 

“It is now the time to join forces in order to support the health care system and the communities in the containment of the coronavirus epidemic. Even though, we, as a business, are going through a rough moment by closing part of our restaurants in the Group’s portfolio, we are here to contribute with the means at our disposal. We are confident that the organizations we collaborate with have the measures and knowledge to best use our support. Given the fact that we continue to have some of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants still working through the delivery system, we have taken all the necessary measures to reinforce and increase the safety procedures already in place. Our goal is to protect our employees and consumers, so that they are able to access quality products for home delivery, as recommended by the authorities for the moment”, said Georgios ARGENTOPOULOS, Chief Executive Officer Sphera Franchise Group.