Farmak employees donated more than 30 liters of blood and its components
For more than 10 years, Farmak has been donating blood, this is one of the corporate traditions. This time, 70 employees from Kyiv and Shostka donated 28 liters of blood and 3 liters of plasma together. The event was held in cooperation with the DonorUA project.
“Who, if not a pharmaceutical company, knows how important it is to get medicines on time when you need them. Blood can also heal someone, but not a single enterprise produces it, only we ourselves. Many thanks to the Farmak team, which supports socially important initiatives and shares its own blood to help compatriots,” said Yevgeniya Yakobchuk, DonorUA project manager and organizer of corporate donations.
Volunteering initiatives of Farmak employees are always connected with helping to protect the life and health of others because this is the mission of the company. Employees regularly join and organize charity races and fundraisers, donate blood, and help people who have suffered as a result of hostilities. From the first days of the war, of course, the focus shifted to support the Army and the IDPs. Therefore, the corporate Donor Day has acquired special significance, because every liter of blood goes to save those who find themselves in a critical situation.
“When you are in the rear, it seems that whatever you do is not enough to win. Work, donate, don’t stop – now we all have taken such an approach. However, one should always look for additional opportunities to help our military and fellow citizens who find themselves in a difficult situation. Therefore, when I found out that Farmak was organizing the Donor Day, there was no doubt : I need to participate. Everything went easily and quickly. And the realization that your blood can save 2-3 lives is incomparable,” says Victoria Popovych, Senior Government Relations Specialist at Farmak.
“Farmak. Light for life”
The Farmak company has implemented a social project for the safety of young pedestrians on the road. As part of the “Farmak. Light for Life” project, the company provided all the students of the Shostka City Territorial Municipality with reflective elements, giving more than 7,000 bracelets to schoolchildren. Also, as part of the initiative, students watched an educational video that explains in an accessible way how to minimize the danger of pedestrians at night. The project was implemented with the support of the Shostka City Council.
“Besides the war, the lives of Ukrainians are daily taken away by accidents on the roads. We hope that our initiative will help create a culture of safe behavior on the road and make children and adults think that simple rules can save lives,” comments Yevgeniya Piddubna, Director of Corporate Communications at Farmak.
Due to the constant shelling of the enemy and power outages, the lighting on the streets of cities and villages can be dimmed or even turned off. And this is an additional danger for pedestrians. At risk are children who go to school early in the morning or return late in the evening from clubs. Due to poor visibility, the driver may not notice pedestrians on the road in time. That is why it is essential to wear a reflector at night. 25-30 meters is the distance at which a person is seen by the driver of a car with the dimmed headlights on. The reflector returns the light from the headlights of the car back to the driver, so the driver will see a pedestrian with a reflector at 150-300 meters. This is quite enough to react and avoid a dangerous situation.
“The enterprises of our community operate in a rather limited mode. But at the same time, they study the needs of society and find an opportunity to implement important social projects. We are grateful to Farmak for taking care of the safety of the lives of our students, thank you for your cooperation,” comments Daria Hrebenyuk, Head of the Economics Department of the Shostka City Council.
This project should draw the attention of pedestrians to the dangers on the road. Which because of the war has intensified even more. According to the Patrol Police of Ukraine, the most common traffic incident is a pedestrian collision. And the number of accidents in some regions of Ukraine in 2023 increased to 60% compared to the same period last year.
5 school projects will be implemented as part of the Eco-School
Another academic year at the Eco-School has come to an end. The students studied the topics of energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity, etc. and learned the basics of project management. Students who completed the full course prepared their own projects for their schools. Traditionally, Farmak that has launched the project awards the graduates and gives mini-grants to implement the best ideas. This year 5 projects will be implemented in different parts of Ukraine.
“Another academic year has come to an end for the students. The holidays and the implementation of school applications are ahead. We are delighted that dozens of students have received new knowledge and will be able to apply it by implementing their own ideas. Recuperators, solar panels, environmental labs, fountains will be installed in schools, due to the efforts of the students. The ideas they came up with and we supported. “We believe that the small victories of our students today will inspire them to expand their ideas in the future,” says Yevheniia Piddubna, Director of Corporate Communications at JSC Farmak.
The project “A Schoolyard as a Mirror of My Neighbourhood” developed by the students from Polonne in Khmelnytskyi region took the first place. The plan is to develop a solar tree within the gymnasium grounds. The tree will be made from environmentally friendly materials and will be equipped with solar panels. Benches will be placed underneath its branches, and there will be outlets for charging phones and tablets. The project also includes the development of a board with information on Red Listed animals and plants of Khmelnytskyi region. The team receives UAH 25,000 for the project and mentorship by experts throughout the project implementation.
The second place was taken by the students from Dubrynychi village in the Zakarpattia region. “EcoLab for All” project, which aims to build a space for environmental research at school.
A team from Ladyzhyn, Vinnytsia region “Recuperation. Energy saving”, placed third. The project envisages the installation of heat recuperators in school classrooms.
The projects “GreenSchool Eco-Lab” from Zaporizhzhia and “Non-contact Drinking Fountain with Dispensing Module into a Bottle” from Shostka were awarded with additional grants.
“We are pleased that schools, both in big cities and small villages, see the problems related to the environment. And most importantly, they are ready to take action. From learning more about these issues while studying at the Eco-School to developing their own projects. We want children to understand and feel from their own experience that their opinion matters, that they are influential, that they are agents of change”, comments Oksana Kravchenko, Executive Director of the NGO “Ukrainian Ecological Club “Green Wave”
The Eco-School project has been implemented by JSC Farmak in cooperation with the NGO “Ukrainian Ecological Club “Green Wave”.
About the project
Eco-School is a free online learning platform, designed for pupils of 6-11 grades. The course includes lectures, practical assignments and writing and defending one’s own projects.
The Eco-School aims to promote environmental knowledge among young people and draw attention to environmental protection issues. The project has been implemented by JSC Farmak in cooperation with NGO “Ukrainian Ecological Club “Green Wave”. For more information about the project, please follow the link.