Sergio Sette Camara, GEOX Dragon, Marrakesh Rookie Test 2020. © FIA Formula E

Formula E has announced it is teaming up with UNICEF to support the global coronavirus appeal. 

It aims to protect vulnerable children and families most at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

The partnership will keep children around the world healthy and learning during the pandemic. Funds will be directed to remote learning programmes and supplying protective equipment to hospital staff.

In a statement, Formula E said: “Like UNICEF, Formula E has a vision of a brighter future for children and young people, growing up on a cleaner and safer planet.

“As a global sport with a purpose to counteract climate change by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles, Formula E is naturally placed to use its platforms to raise awareness of UNICEF’s work to protect children against the effects of coronavirus.”

Formula E will launch initiatives to raise funds in support of the appeal. These will build on a donation directly to UNICEF from Formula E itself.

Jamie Regile, CEO of Formula E said, “Formula E was founded with a purpose of reducing global climate change by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; a mission which aims to provide a safer, cleaner life for future generations.

“Today, we are taking immediate action to protect future generations from a global health emergency. Our partnership with and initial donation to UNICEF are the start of a long-term journey together to protect the health, safety and education of vulnerable children around the world”

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on children around the world with 1.5 billion missing out on education due to school closures.

Economies are taking hard hits and families are risking falling into poverty.

UNICEF and Formula E wish to change the lives of children for the better and to help them in this crisis.

Sarah Ward, Deputy Executive Officer, Partnerships and Philanthropy of UNICEF UK said, “We are delighted to see Formula E supporting UNICEF’s response to coronavirus.

“With huge thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, such as Formula E, UNICEF is proud to continue our life-changing work across the world. Through their much-needed donation, we are able to support children and families across the world by activities including supplying medical equipment and hygiene kits, developing learning resources, delivering prevention campaigns and tackling misinformation.”

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