- Ola Foundation and GiveIndia have formed a new partnership to bring COVID-19 relief to India.
- The initiative will deliver free O2 concentrators to Ola customers at their homes.
- Both delivery as well as pick-up of the equipment will be done free of charge.
Ola Foundation, the renowned social welfare arm of Indian ride-hailing firm, Ola, has reportedly teamed up with GiveIndia, one of Indias most reliable online donation platforms, to rollout the O2 for India initiative.
Through this initiative, the organizations would be providing free oxygen concentrators to its consumers, who can avail them through the Ola smartphone app. As per reports, GiveIndia and Ola would be rolling out these services in Bengaluru starting the second week of May, with an initial goal set at distributing 500 oxygen concentrators.
Once the program has attained the set goal, it would then focus on expanding the reach as well as scale of the initiative pan India, delivering approximately up to 10,000 concentrators over the forthcoming weeks.
Customers will have to sign into their Ola app and furnish some details to obtain an O2 concentrator by requesting for one. The requests made on the app would be first verified by Ola, who will then deliver the concentrators to the customer’s home through an Ola cab. The delivery vehicle would be driven by a driver who is specially trained to transport such cargo.
The organizations clarified that the O2 concentrators would be re-used, once they are properly sanitized of course. After a patient has recovered from COVID-19 and does not need the O2 concentrator, the ride hailing firm would send an executive to pick up the device. Once the device has been picked up, they would then be prepared to be provided to someone else who needs it.
The organizations have also stated that the pick-up as well as delivery of the oxygen concentrators would be done free of cost.
A number of other Indian automotive OEMs like Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, and Maruti Suzuki India, have been coming up with different relief initiatives for COVID-19 in India. Meanwhile, numerous other enterprises have organized vaccination drives for their employees. News of the initiative comes as India battles with its second, and most intense wave, of the novel coronavirus.