- The project provides air transportation for patients, especially children, whose conditions cannot be treated in Romania
- The sponsorship will support about 100 flights for over 300 patients
OMV Petrom supports the Blondie Association with the amount of EUR 1.5 million to enable the transport of patients, especially children, whose medical conditions that cannot be treated in Romania.
Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom: “In these difficult times, with healthcare systems under the pressure of multiple challenges, such initiatives are essential for saving lives. At OMV Petrom, we believe that being able to support these efforts is a crucial part of our role in Romania”.
The Blondie association's project, "Minutes of flight, for hours of life", will provide transportation for about 300 vulnerable patients, who depend on specific medical treatment and who cannot benefit from it in Romania. Together with maternity hospitals in Romania, the association will identify, in a timely manner, pediatric patients with serious illnesses, and maternity hospitals that can treat them, in case of emergency. In addition, at least 20 doctors will receive training for the in-flight care of children in critical condition.
Adelina Toncean, Founder of Blondie Association: "In March 2020, when we organized the first emergency medical flight, we promised that we would not leave anyone behind and that we would be able to fly whenever we were asked for help. Although it was extremely difficult to keep that promise, we have been able to say "yes" every time since. We are all the more grateful today when, thanks to the huge support we received from OMV Petrom, our precious promise is no longer just ours.”
About Blondie Association
Asociația Blondie – Împarte pentru altă parte was established in 2019 so that all children, regardless of their material or social situation, benefit from appropriate medical treatment for maximum development from a physical, intellectual, and emotional point of view.
The association supports seriously ill and lonely children - abandoned in hospitals, children with complicated families, children with underage mothers.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis with the restriction of flights, the Blondie Association has taken on the task of arranging medical transportation for all patients who needed to go to clinics abroad so that treatment for their condition could not be granted in the country.
About OMV Petrom
OMV Petrom is the largest integrated energy company in South-Eastern Europe, with an annual Group hydrocarbon production of 53 million boe in 2020. The Group has a refining capacity of 4.5 million tons annually and operates an 860 MW high-efficiency power plant. The Group is present on the oil products retail market in Romania and neighboring countries through 787 filling stations, at the end of September 2021, under two brands – OMV and Petrom.
OMV Aktiengesellschaft, one of the largest listed industrial companies in Austria, holds a 51% stake in OMV Petrom. The Romanian State, through the Ministry of Energy, holds 20.6% of OMV Petrom shares, Fondul Proprietatea holds 7%, and 21.4% is the free float on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.
OMV Petrom is the largest contributor to the state budget, with contributions of approximately 32 billion euro in taxes and dividends paid between 2005 and 2020.
Since 2007, OMV Petrom has included corporate responsibility principles into its business strategy. Between 2007 and 2020, the company has allocated approximately 72 million euro to develop communities in Romania, focusing on environmental protection, education, health, and local development.
On July 29th, 2020, OMV Petrom announced its support for the recommendations issued by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) regarding risks and opportunities on climate change.