Hamburg, 04/01/2022 | Press Release | Company Olympus employees donate almost 55,000 euros for people in Ukraine.

Olympus employees have donated 54,895.90 euros to the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF to help those affected by the war in Ukraine. The amount was raised in an internal employee fundraising campaign across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Olympus Europe as a company is also making an additional contribution of 50,000 euros.

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March 2022: Ukrainian families forced to flee their homeland in the face of war, cross the border into neighboring Poland. © UNICEF/UN0605566/Remp

As a global medical technology company committed to its purpose of making people's lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling, Olympus is watching the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion with great concern. Olympus management strongly condemns all violent acts and fervently hopes that all those affected will be able to live in peace again soon.

To help ease the suffering of the people of Ukraine, Olympus Europe conducted an employee donation campaign in EMEA in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and has also made an additional contribution. UNICEF is investing the total donation of 104,895.90 euros in emergency humanitarian aid on the ground, such as for the provision of clean water, mobile health teams for medical care, support centers in emergency refuge zones for children and families, and the protection of unaccompanied minors.

Constantin Zangemeister, Executive Managing Director for Olympus in the EMEA region, says: “In EMEA in particular, we are seeing tremendous courage and determination throughout the organization to support the people affected. This is also reflected in the results of our fundraising campaign. UNICEF will invest the total donation of almost 105,000 euros from our employees and Olympus Europe in activities on site and in neighboring countries to provide life-saving aid for children and families.”

Humanitarian aid on the ground and in neighboring countries

UNICEF understands the situation on the ground very well, as the organization has been involved in Ukraine for 25 years. Together with partners, UNICEF provides assistance as far as possible in the conflict areas and brings urgently needed relief supplies directly to Ukraine, such as food, water, hygiene articles, and medical equipment for hospitals. Working alongside partner organizations, UNICEF is also currently operating and establishing so-called “Blue Dot” centers in Ukraine's neighboring countries, which provide initial emergency care to families who have fled or help identify unaccompanied children and those separated from their parents and ensure their protection. The centers are set up at strategic hubs on refugee routes and can each cater for between 3,000 and 5,000 people a month.

In addition to the fundraising campaign, Olympus Europe coordinates and supports local employee relief initiatives. A further financial contribution of 500,000 US dollars from the global Olympus Corporation will be made to established international organizations helping victims of war.

Olympus continues to do its utmost to help people in need and to provide its customers and their patients with urgently needed medical technology.

About UNICEF

Worldwide, professionally and every day: UNICEF has been there for children for over 75 years. The United Nations Children's Fund was founded in 1946 to help children in devastated Europe after the Second World War. Today, UNICEF works in 190 countries to ensure that every child can develop healthily, grow up in a protected environment, and attend school – regardless of religion, skin color or background. Together with many partners, UNICEF supports families in the areas of health, family planning, hygiene, nutrition, and education and provides humanitarian aid in emergency situations.

UNICEF does not favor any companies, brands, products, or services.

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