By Angelica Cruz, Corporate Communications and Marketing Senior Executive, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd – ROHQ
The coronavirus has caused a declaration of community quarantine in the entire Luzon region as well as the other provinces in the Philippines to help prevent its mass spread. Because of the lockdown, many families were obliged to stay home and were no longer allowed to go outside and work – which has strongly affected those who are below the poverty line.
On April 14, 2020, Per Selmer-Olsen, Thome ROHQ Vice President, has given monetary donation to our charity partner, Bridge Builder Foundation (BBF) Norway, Inc. which will be used to buy food, milk, rice, baby diapers, and other essential items in this time of crisis.
The cash donation was immediately used to purchase the essentials which were whole heartedly repacked and distributed by the volunteer heroes of the BBF Center.
On 16 April, as supervised by the BBF Center Resident Agent Ms. Roslyn Verendia, around 32 plastic containers with 5 kilos of rice were equally distributed to families in need as well as 2 large boxes of milk and baby diapers in the garage area of the BBF Center. As mandated by the government, volunteers and recipients were all wearing protective face masks and social distancing was observed during the distribution of these goods.
The entire staff, families, and beneficiaries of the BBF Center were happy and grateful for the help they received from the Thome Group. Indeed, any amount of help, regardless of its size, will make a huge difference especially to those who are in need.
We hope many more good Samaritans will also take this lead.