Ever since the State of Alarm was declared in Spain, in mid-March, large fortunes have contributed to the health care sector. The donations have helped the health sector to have a greater supply at the most critical times, when the demand was very high in all countries.
Amancio Ortega is one of the businessmen who has made the greatest number of donations since the State of Alarm was declared. He made available to the Spanish Government all his logistic capacity, such as the air bridge with China, which has brought more than 35 million masks, gloves, ventilators and medical gowns. His daughter, Sandra Ortega, also wanted to contribute with medical material, such as protective suits and face shields. In addition, they have given a bag of food to the workers who unload in the Inditex stores.
Juan Roig, president of Mercadona, has contributed by donating his annual salary of €70 million to support young entrepreneurs through the Lanzadera program, which will help innovative startups that do not have financing. “One of my dreams is to help other entrepreneurs to make theirs come true, to explain to them the successes and mistakes I have experienced as an entrepreneur and, as far as possible, to contribute to the growth and consolidation of their companies“, says Mercadona’s founder. In addition, he will contribute to reactivating the Spanish economy which has been weakened by the COVID-19 crisis.
The President of the Real Madrid Football Club, Florentino Pérez, has shown his solidarity by giving the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to be converted into a warehouse for medical products. The club has also set up a telephone number and a current account to make donations.
What is more, it is worth noting the contributions made by entrepreneurs such as: Rafael del Pino, Chairman of Ferrovial, who has donated €7.2 million to various entities to fight the pandemic; Ana Patricia Botín, President of Banco Santander, who has made a contribution of €4 million to buy ventilators and make beds available at the Ifema Hospital; Marta Álvarez, President of El Corte Inglés, who has donated bedding for the Ifema Hospital and the President of FCC, Ester Koplowitz, who has donated five million face masks to the health care system in Madrid.
These gestures of solidarity made by these people improve the image of the Spanish society, which, in turn, feel very grateful for all this. What is more, this action helps to encourage citizens to believe in a better future.