Farnell’s ‘Make a Better Tomorrow Together’ initiative donates over €22,000 to charity

Charitable initiative closes with donations totalling €22,642 for Plan International Ireland and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

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Farnell, the Development Distributor, is donating over €22,000 to charity through its ‘Make a Better Tomorrow Together’ charitable initiative. This unique programme was supported by supplier partners Rohde & Schwarz, ROHM and Multicomp Pro. Visitors to the Farnell website were invited to nominate one of two chosen charitable organisations – the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund or Plan International Ireland. Each charity received a donation of €1 for every nomination, as well as larger donations when customers bought featured products. In total, the charities received over €11,000 each.

Chris Breslin, President of Farnell’s global business, says: “We understand how critical it is to help those most vulnerable in our society and we are proud to have led this initiative to ‘Make a Better Tomorrow Together’. Thank you to our customers, who participated so enthusiastically in aid of two fantastic and deserving charities. I would also like to thank our partners ROHM Semiconductor, Rohde & Schwarz and the Multicomp Pro manufacturers, who generously supported the initiative.”

Sabrina Grassi, Director General, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, says: “We would like to warmly thank Farnell for donating to the “Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund” for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. We are facing an unprecedented challenge with communities everywhere affected by the growing pandemic, and the world is coming together to combat COVID-19, bringing organisations and individuals together to help respond to this global outbreak. The outpouring of solidarity sparked by this shared challenge has been phenomenal. This donation has supported WHO’s response in leading and coordinating the global effort, while supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. On behalf of the “Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund”, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is grateful for this support.”

Paul O’Brien, CEO at Plan International Ireland, said: “Thank you to Farnell for choosing Plan International Ireland as one of the recipient charities for the ‘Make a Better Tomorrow Together’ campaign. The funds raised are going to make a big difference to our education programmes in developing countries, especially for girls. After many months of prolonged closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in developing countries are starting to reopen. Plan International Ireland are working hard in the communities that we support, helping to get schools ready to reopen safely; we have installed handwashing facilities at hundreds of schools and distributed thousands of facemasks and school supplies to students.”

Breslin continued: “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked to support those on the front-line, fighting this crisis. Together with supplier partners, we have ensured the delivery of essential supplies to customers manufacturing health care equipment such as ventilators and test equipment. We’ve also donated over €50,000 in 3D printing equipment to support the production of essential PPE across Europe and the rest of the world. We find ourselves in a new world, with a new normal, yet remain committed to our values, and delivering the service and support that our customers expect from us.”

For more information about Farnell’s ‘Make a Better Tomorrow Together’ initiative, visit https://uk.farnell.com/bettertomorrow.