TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Diageo Taiwan announced Wednesday, July 7, that it had donated NT $ 2 million (US $ 71,419) to Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei to support the country’s battle against COVID-19.
A subsidiary of Diageo, a British multinational spirits producer, Diageo Taiwan contacted the hospital in late May when they learned of the shortage of medical supplies the institution was facing. Taipei has been a hot spot since the local outbreak began in May.
The company has a long-standing relationship with Mackay Memorial Hospital, involving a community welfare program that provides meals to seniors living in solitude.
The funds will be used to purchase medical equipment and epidemic control supplies, including air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) as well as support for the treatment of people suffering from mental stress caused by the pandemic. , according to the company.
The commitment was strongly supported by the London headquarters of the spirits distributor, said Atul Chhaparwal, managing director of Diageo Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. Thanks to promises from the private sector and collaborations between the government and the people, Taiwan will get back on its feet as it moves towards a post-pandemic recovery, he added.
Diageo is present in more than 180 countries and offers more than 150 alcoholic products, including some of the best known brands such as Johnnie Walker and Baileys. Last June, Diageo Taiwan pledged NT $ 18 million to help local bars and restaurants.