Ford motor company – already helping efforts to combat the virus in Spain – has now announced it will be ceding a fleet of vehicles to the Portuguese Red Cross.
Says trade online ‘turbo.pt’, Ford Lusitana (the multinational’s Portuguese operation based in Lisbon) has signed an agreement to lend out 10 vehicles while the country remains under State of Emergency regulations.
It’s Ford’s way of supporting the Red Cross campaign #EuAjudoQuemAjuda – devised to raise finance for the development of health-focused and/ or humanitarian projects during the Covid-19 crisis.
Says turbo.pt, the plan is for Ford to supply three new Puma Hybrids, one Kuga, three Focus, one Mondeo and a seven-seater Ranger Raptor for the transportation of large quantities of food.
All the vehicles will be clearly identified with the Red Cross symbol-
In a second phase, if the need arises, the manufacturer has said it will make available further vehicles from its network of dealers round the country to support Red Cross activities carried out ‘at local level’.
The multinational has already converted its plant in Valencia, Spain, to start manufacturing 300 protective masks per day for use by healthcare workers.