Bridgestone donates $1 million to combat Ebola in West Africa

| Monday, September 29, 2014

Bridgestone Group announced this week that it will donate $1 million towards battling the Ebola epidemic in parts of Africa. Money donated will go toward public awareness, delivery of in-home care supplies, improving medical treatment, and supporting orphaned children as a result of the epidemic.

Bridgestone Americas will give $500,000 to Samaritan’s Purse to aid efforts in Liberia, and Bridgestone Corp. will donate $500,000 to UNICEF’s work in Liberia and Nigeria.

“The current Ebola outbreak is unprecedented and requires an urgent global response. UNICEF is racing against time to control the spread of the disease among children and families,” said Caryl Stern, U.S. Fund for UNICEF president and CEO, in a news release.  “We greatly appreciate the donation from Bridgestone Group, which will help UNICEF expand its critical work in West Africa.”

Firestone Liberia, a Bridgestone Americas subsidiary, has had 71 people associated with the company contract Ebola since the virus started to spread in Liberia. The recent $1 million donation comes after Firestone Liberia implemented an emergency response program on its rubber farm and nearby communities.

“Our Firestone Liberia teammates and community have selflessly met the demands of this deadly outbreak, and we support them and the great work Samaritan’s Purse and UNICEF are doing in the region to help protect the citizens of Liberia and West Africa,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc. in a press release.  “We implore others to step up in taking on this fight against Ebola.”

Bridgestone Americas is based in Nashville, Tenn., and Bridgestone Corp. headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia, West Africa, in 1926.

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