The Community of Madrid receives recognition from the Red Cross for Metro's work during the pandemic
Today, the Community of Madrid has received recognition from the Red Cross for the actions implemented by Metro de Madrid during the pandemic, as well as for the measures taken from the outset of the health crisis to protect the health of its employees and passengers.
The acting Regional Minister for Housing and Local Administration of the Community of Madrid, David Pérez, received this distinction from the Red Cross at the Canillejas Metro station, with whom the company collaborates regularly through a framework agreement that enables them to carry out joint actions to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
Pérez recalled the important social work carried out by the metropolitan company, as "whenever it has been able to collaborate in charitable and solidarity causes or has been asked to collaborate, it has not hesitated to lend its facilities or its human and professional resources". "The now customary donation campaign is another example of the importance of this altruistic citizen effort," he added.
One of the actions carried out was the donation by Metro de Madrid of 8,100 bottles of water and 350 towels for the Red Cross to distribute among families at risk of social exclusion and people served in shelters at the beginning of the pandemic.
On the other hand, among the measures implemented by the underground to deal with the health crisis and guarantee safety, it is worth highlighting the automated access control at stations and the management of passenger flow on platforms to achieve a better distribution of passengers, both still in force, as well as the continuous disinfection of trains and installations and the renewal of the air in trains every 2.5 minutes on average.
Blood Donor Day
In addition, today, coinciding with the World Blood Donor Day, the Red Cross has moved a mobile unit to one of Metro's most important facilities, the Canillejas site, where company employees who so wish may donate blood from 11 am to 7 pm.
Metro de Madrid and the Red Cross have been working together for a decade on the blood donation campaign aimed at Metro passengers under the slogan “You’re a metro ride away from saving many lives”, which has now been interrupted by the pandemic, but which has been carried out for the last ten years at different stations in the network, together with the Transfusion Centre of the Community of Madrid and Coca-Cola.
Both organisations have also taken part in campaigns to collect school materials for families with limited resources; in campaigns to recruit members for the Red Cross, providing spaces in Metro facilities; in the celebration of the Flag Day, with the participation of Metro volunteers; and the organisation of First Aid workshops on the Metro network.