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Corona crisis: OYO offers free stay to doctors & nurses in US; Ivanka Trump, Paytm boss bowled over by gesture – Economic Times
Ivanka Trump, the senior advisor to President Donald Trump, has lauded an initiative by Ritesh Agarwal-founded Indian start-up
OYO Hotels to offer free stays to doctors, nurses in the US helping in the fight against the novel
coronavirus, describing the gesture as “impactful acts of benevolence”.

She made her comment as she retweeted a press release by the OYO, which said that the start-up is “opening the doors to its hotels” and offering free stays to doctors, nurses and other medical first responders who are helping in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The 38-year-old Ivanka, the first daughter, tweeted.

The OYO press release said that beginning March 24, medical first responders will receive free accommodations at any OYO Hotel in the United States so they can sleep, shower or just get off their feet and recharge.

“All of us at OYO are grateful for the bravery and sacrifices all the medical personnel are making to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19,” Agarwal, Founder and Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes, said in the press release.

North Carolina Medical Society CEO Robert Seligson said OYO’s offer shows what America is all about.

“If we come together and help each other, show kindness and determination, there isn’t a challenge we won’t overcome. This is a great idea that will help physicians and other health care providers on the front lines during this unprecedented crisis, and I hope others will join them,” Seligson said.

OYO said it will do all it can to make the lives of the “brave” medical personnel a little better. “It is our responsibility to give back. To all the medical personnel fighting this disease on the front lines, we welcome you and we can’t be grateful enough.”

The medical personnel can call a designated number to get their reservation for the nearest OYO and with a valid active First Responder identification, OYO Hotels will cover all the costs.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma also appreciated OYO’s initiative in a tweet.

Founded in 2013, Gurugram-based OYO’s portfolio today includes 43,000 hotels with over one million rooms and 130,000 vacation homes in over 800 cities in 80 countries. OYO entered the US market in February 2019.

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Ma’s The Word

24 Mar, 2020

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (centre, in pic) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries.And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.

The Good Samaritan

23 Mar, 2020

The Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Limited showed his generous side as he pledged Rs 100 cr to fight the pandemic. The 66-year-old Anil Agarwal (in pic), who tweeted a picture of his participation in the ‘Janata Curfew’, wrote on the micro-blogging platform that was ‘committing 100 cr towards fighting the Pandemic’. Expressing concern for the daily wage earners, he wrote that ‘we will do our bit to help’.

In Good Spirit

23 Mar, 2020

As the pandemic escalates across the states, Diageo India has pitched in as well to keep the spirits high. The global alcohol-beverage manufacturing brand has said that it will repurpose its 15 units across the country to produce around 300,000 litres of sanitiser to help overcome the shortage. Additionally, the British MNC said it will also donate 500,000 litres of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA) to the sanitiser industry to make 2 million units (of 250 ml each) hand sanitisers. Diageo has also pledged around 150,000 masks to 5 public health departments across the country for doctors, nurses and caregivers. Apart from that, the international liquor brand has pledged support with a Rs 3 crore health insurance cover for bartenders associated with the Diageo World Class programme in India.

Lending Support

24 Mar, 2020

Designer Anita Dongre (in pic) has shown her generous side as she pledged a medical fund of Rs 1.5 crore to support small vendors, self-employed artisans, and partners associated with her brand who may not have medical insurance or coverage. The 56-year-old Dongre, who is the founder of the House of Anita Dongre, wrote in a statement on Instagram on Monday that “Considering the swiftness of the crisis, we recognize that not many of them will have resources available to cover a potential medical emergency.” Dongre, whose designs have been donned by Deepika Padukone and the Duchess of Cambridge, tried to add a dash of optimism as she wrote “We are in this together and we will come out on the other side stronger.”

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Rising To The Occasion

23 Mar, 2020

Vijay Shekhar Sharma (in pic) has been vocal over the past few weeks about the coronavirus outbreak and what startups can do to survive “these testing times”. On Friday, the Paytm founder announced that he would be foregoing his salary for the next two months to help the Paytm office staff who may need it. And Sharma seemed to have drawn his inspiration from Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson who had announced last week that in light of the financial impact of Covid-19 on Marriott and the hotel industry, he would be giving up his salary for the rest of 2020. In an emotional video posted on Twitter, he had also said that the Marriot top executive team would be taking a 50% pay cut to help the company steer through the challenging times.

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