Seven winning projects of 2017 Connecting for Good financing round will receive EUR 600,000 from Vodafone Romania Foundation. According to a press release, the winning projects are “Connecting for Children with Autism” – Help Autism Association, “Hearing is a Gift. Do not ignore it!”- Smiling Faces Romania Association, “Click SAVE for life!”- Foundation of Community Support, “The First Telemedicine Centre for Pediatric Diabetes in Romania”- Support for Diabetes Association, “Together for Health”- Profilaxis Medical Help Foundation, “HOSPICE – Connection for Caring and Compassion”- HOSPICE Casa Sperantei Foundation and “Senior citizen phone” – Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation.
The announcement was made by Ravinder Takkar, President and CEO of Vodafone Romania, representative of the founder member of the foundation, at the annual Connecting for Good conference, which brings together the most important partners of the foundation, NGOs and beneficiaries of its programs.
“More than half of the annual budget of the Vodafone Romania Foundation is directed towards projects in the healtchcare field, which is one of the foundation’s four strategic areas of investment, together with education, social services and volunteering. Through Connecting for Good, Vodafone Romania Foundation succesfully uses technology to improve people’s lives”, said Ravinder Takkar, President and CEO of Vodafone Romania, the company that founded the Vodafone Romania Foundation.
Connecting for Good is a strategic program of the Vodafone Romania Foundation, which annually grants financing to projects run by non-governmental organizations that use mobile technology to solve social problems identified in one of the foundation’s four strategic areas of investment. Through this program, launched in 2012, the foundation granted total funding of EUR 3.5 million for 48 projects with more than 30,000 final beneficiaries.
Within this program, the foundation will finance the rebuilding and modernizing of Constanta County Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit and its endowment with a telemedicine solution, a project implemented together with Inima Copiilor and Daruieste Aripi associations. The total budget needed for this project is estimated at EUR 1.3 million. In order to raise the funds, Inima Copiilor and Daruieste Aripi associations carry out a national donations campaign and the total amount obtained will be matched by the Vodafone Romania Foundation.