Nike CEO John Donahoe announced on March 25 that they are creating personal protective equipment (PPE) for support doctors, nurses amid the coronavirus outbreak. Once our heros, doctors and nurses around the world, get as many of these fabulous masks as are needed I hope that we too will be able to get our hands on one.
The fashion world has truly come to the rescue! Starting with Balenciaga, LVMH and many other fashion houses of all sizes converting their ateliers and factories into creating masks, hazmat suits and bedsheets the medical world has never been more stylish.
Starting in the state of Oregon, where Nike is based, they will provide masks and hazmat suits to the Oregon Health & Science University hospital before supporting hospitals both nationally and internationally.
As well as providing needed equipment the Nike Foundation and Nike are committing more than $15 million to COVID-19 response efforts. NIKE, Inc. Chairman Emeritus and co-founder Phil Knight and wife Penny; NIKE, Inc. Executive Chairman of the Board Mark Parker and wife Kathy; and NIKE, Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe and wife Eileen, are personally donating a combined $10 million to the following: $1 million to the Oregon Food Bank, $2 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund created by the Oregon Community Foundation, and $7 million to Oregon Health & Science University to improve statewide care coordination in Oregon, increase patient access, and ramp up operational readiness for expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
In addition, the Nike Foundation announced a $1 million donation to the global COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, created by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, to fund efforts by the World Health Organization and partners to support countries preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 crisis.