Vulnerable populations in countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic need clothing, food, medications and personal protective equipment (PPE) now more than ever.
Qatar Airways Cargo has pledged to carry 1 million kilos of humanitarian aid and medical supplies across the world free of charge between July and the end of 2020, distributed between the airline’s customers who can use the allocation to support charities of their choice.
Mads Ravn, DSV’s Head of Global Air Freight Procurement, said:”We have a great partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo, so when they offered to team up to donate freight capacity, we were happy to accept. As part of DSV’s corporate responsibility strategy, we already work closely with the Danish Red Cross to transport human aid to people in need, so we immediately thought of them when the opportunity came,”
As one of the recipients, the Danish Red Cross will be transporting 1.5 million examination gloves and other needed materials to Ethiopia.
“From a logistical and financial perspective, such an offer was impossible to turn down. And it was natural for us as a partner to the Ethiopian Red Cross to assist them in purchasing and transporting materials supporting their COVID-19 response,” says Jesper B. Nielsen, Global Logistics Surge Delegate at the Danish Red Cross.
Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways, adds: “The pandemic is a tragedy for millions of people, and as a carrier we firmly believe in giving back to the community and supporting people impacted by disasters. The 1 million kilos chapter of our sustainability project ‘We Qare’ is an action triggered by this thought. We are happy to partner with our customer DSV and enable them to support charities of their choice.”
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