HELP: Mayhoola, the parent company of Balmain, Valentino and Pal Zileri, donated one million euros to help French caregivers and hospitals during the coronavirus crisis.
The Qatar-based fund, which has already donated 2 million euros in Italy and 1 million euros in Spain to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, supports the French charity La Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France (FHP-HF), led by French First Lady Brigitte Macron.
“Today, France is in a critical situation. The COVID-19 virus has spread rapidly, despite the government’s increasingly restrictive quarantine measures. As the country approaches the peak of the pandemic, hospitals and guards have been pushed to the limit and the medical supplies needed are dwindling, “Mayhoola said in a statement.
Created in 1989, the FHP-HF finances more than 15,400 projects in French hospitals. The Mayhoola donation will go to two hospitals located in Seine-Saint Denis, north of Paris, one of the French departments most affected by the epidemic.
“Although the crisis has not yet reached its peak in Seine-Saint-Denis, hospitals in the region are unfortunately already overwhelmed, the number of patients and deaths increasing at a worrying rate. The medical staff urgently need more equipment and support so that they can cope with the days to come, ”said Mayhoola.
Each hospital will receive € 400,000 to purchase equipment, including respirators, blood collection kits, syringe drivers, masks and catheters. They will each receive an additional 100,000 euros to allow medical staff to recover, rest and eat properly between and during the shifts.
Mayhoola joins the ranks of luxury brands that have donated funds and resources to the battle against COVID-19 in France.
LVMH has ordered 40 million masks from a Chinese industrial supplier to alleviate the shortage of French hospitals. In addition, it reorganized its perfume and cosmetic production units to manufacture and distribute large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel.
Meanwhile, Kering said he will buy 3 million imported Chinese surgical masks which he will supply to French health services. The group also funded the acquisition of 60 3D printers that produce emergency medical supplies such as visors, respirator valves, airway equipment, masks and handles.