Bucharest, July 18, 2019 – From May 2018 to June 2019, part of the project “SMS for Life – Reserve for Adult Life”, run by the M.A.M.E Association, over 370 people suffering from severe diseases received social and medical guidance, information and counseling tailored to the needs and situations they were facing. The Vodafone Romania Foundation supported the project for the sixth consecutive year, the financing for the 2018/2019 edition being 166,800 lei.
Patients who requested the help of the M.A.M.E. Association have received 2,148 hours of counseling, during which they were advised how to access psycho-socio-medical services in the country, but especially abroad. At the same time, they have received support in raising funds to support investigations, medical treatments and surgical interventions at clinics outside Romania, including by providing short numbers for SMS donations.
Since the launch of the “SMS for Life – Adult Life Reserve Fund” project, up to now, more than 2,000 beneficiaries have received counseling. Of these, 60 were eligible for fundraising with a short number for SMS donations. Cases that did not meet the requirements for running SMS campaigns have been advised to use other fundraising tools, with the result that additional 250 people have managed to raise, partially or fully, the funds they needed. In all six years of the project, more than 450,000 SMSs have been sent, the value of donations collected for patients with serious illness reaching over 900,000 euros, funds used to pay for treatments and medical investigations at clinics abroad.
The Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian nongovernmental charitable organization, established in 1998, which operates separately and independently from the Vodafone Romania SA’s business. During its over 20 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1.132 programs run by 730 NGOs throughout the country, in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. These projects had a total of 3 million beneficiaries – children, young and old people and physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. So far, Vodafone Romania has invested over 30 million euros in projects run by nonprofit partner organizations. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatia-vodafone.ro/ and www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.
M.A.M.E. Association (Maternity, Advocacy, Medicine and Education) is a non-profit organization that supports children and young people diagnosed with cancer and other serious diseases in Romania. During the eight years of its activity, the Association has provided socio-psycho-medical services for approximately 3,000 beneficiaries. It has also donated high-performance medical equipment that serves more than 10,000 cancer patients annually. The Association has run information and awareness raising campaigns for over 5,000 students, promoting a healthy lifestyle and fighting against bullying. For further details on the Association’s activity and its results so far, please visit www.asociatiamame.com or www.facebook.com/AsocMAME