H&M Foundation donates $100,000 to The Red Cross to support flood victims in Peru

Due to heavy rainfall, Peru is suffering the worst floods in almost 30 years. The H&M Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Red Cross to support people who have been affected by the extreme weather, and give them support to rebuild their lives.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and need support to rebuild their lives. Due to the severe situation, the H&M Foundation have decided to donate $100,000 to The Red Cross to quickly be able to support in the emergency relief work in Peru”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation.

Since December last year, heavy rains have drenched northern Peru with 10 times more rainfall than normal. It has caused rivers to overflow, landslides, hail and electric storms. Although the impact has been particularly serious in the northern coastal regions, levels of affectation are reported in all 24 of the country’s departments. In eleven of the departments a state of emergency has been declared.

To this date over 1.2 million people have been affected, of which one third are children and adolescents. Homes, hospitals, schools and other buildings as well as roads have been destroyed, along with thousands of hectares of crops, which directly impacts access to food. This disaster, which has caused 114 deaths and 18 people who remain missing, continues to disrupt the normal activities of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly in the affected regions.

While 59 schools have collapsed and 113 cannot be used, another 2,150 have been damaged. A combined total of 770 health centers has been damaged, collapsed or cannot be used. In addition to health needs, livelihoods and food security issues are challenges.

The support from the H&M Foundation of $100,000 will be used for disaster relief activities undertaken by the Red Cross. Since the response from donors have been very low, the focus is on emergency actions. The emergency phase actions aim to ensure that the targeted population receives appropriate assistance with a focus on the sectors of health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter, food security, livelihoods and restoring family links.

“The people of Northern Peru are experiencing the worst disaster in decades. Therefore, all the good forces must unite and help the children, women and men affected by this. Our immediate response efforts in Peru will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene”, says Melker Måbeck, International Director The Swedish Red Cross.

ABOUT THE RED CROSS

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers. Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit hmfoundation.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Diana Amini
Global Manager, H&M Foundation
diana.amini@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)729 804 802
hmfoundation.com

Cecilia Sobocki
Press Secretary
cecilia.sobocki@redcross.se
+46 (0)727 414 802

Source: H&M

The Wawa Foundation donates $100,000 to Winnie Palmer Hospital for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Wawa Foundation Donates $100,000 for New Transport Incubator

Orlando, FL, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wawa Foundation has awarded Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies a $100,000 grant for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Supporting The Wawa Foundation’s health-focused giving initiative, the grant funds will purchase a new incubator used to transport high-risk and critically-ill neonatal patients to and from Winnie Palmer Hospital.

The Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital is one of the largest and busiest neonatal intensive care units in the country. In November 2016, Winnie Palmer Hospital added a new NICU transport unit to its fleet, the only vehicle in the region with the capacity for three incubators. “We transport about 200 premature babies each year, and I know firsthand the value our skilled team brings to these babies in desperate need of care. We’re thrilled that The Wawa Foundation not only recognizes this value, but is willing to invest generously in our program to improve the quality and sophistication of the care we provide,” said Dr. Shannon Brown-Work, neonatologist and medical director for the NICU transport team at Winnie Palmer Hospital.

Continuing its long history of supporting children and families, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation committed to support Winnie Palmer Hospital prior to Wawa opening its first Florida store in July 2012.

“The work being done every day at Winnie Palmer is truly incredible, and we are honored to support the tremendous NICU team and help some of Central Florida’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO. “Our partnership with Winnie Palmer is a wonderful example of The Wawa Foundation’s core purpose – to fulfill lives every day, by building stronger communities. We are proud to continue to provide meaningful support through our foundation, and thank the team at Winnie Palmer Hospital for the lifesaving work they continue to provide the community.”

Including donations to the annual Walk for Winnie fundraising event over the past several years and the annual in-store campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), this grant from The Wawa Foundation brings Wawa’s and The Wawa Foundation’s total contributions to Winnie Palmer Hospital to nearly $300,000. The Wawa Foundation has set out to donate $50 million to causes surrounding health, hunger and every day heroes by 2018 and to date, has donated $33 million to causes in these key areas of focus.

Representatives from The Wawa Foundation presented a check to Winnie Palmer Hospital at a small reception in the Walt Disney Grand Atrium at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children on Monday, February 6, 2017.

About Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 285-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of women and babies. The hospital includes comprehensive fetal diagnostics and labor and delivery services, a regional center for neonatal intensive care, maternal intensive care and women’s services. Annually, more than 14,000 babies are expected to be born at Winnie Palmer Hospital, making it the busiest labor and delivery unit in the state of Florida. To learn more, visit www.winniepalmerhospital.com.

About The Wawa Foundation

As an extension of Wawa’s commitment to making the world a better place by fulfilling customers’ lives every day, it has launched The Wawa Foundation. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded by Wawa, Inc. to support the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities – and ultimately to help build stronger communities. The Wawa Foundation focuses its supports on organizations committed to health, hunger and everyday heroes through local, state and national grants and / or in-store fundraising, such as, coin boxes at the counter and point-of-purchase scan materials.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alayna Curry
APR
alayna.curry@orlandohealth.com
(407) 900-1358

Source: The Wawa Foundation