By Cathy Elelman • 20 July 2020 • 14:31
BENEFICIARIES: The masks will be distributed to the Red Cross and to the “most vulnerable” local associations and collectives
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Almeria Twitter @aytoalm
ALMERIA’S Chinese community has been doing its bit to support the ongoing efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and keep everyone in the province safe from the virus.
Chinese businesses in Almeria city have donated 73,000 face masks to the city council, which will be distributed to local associations.
Almeria Mayor Ramon Fernandez-Pacheco said he was “eternally grateful” to the Chinese in the city.
“Since the beginning of the crisis, the Asian community has been in contact with the City Hall because they wanted to help. Hence they set to work to acquire masks on markets that they know better than us to, between everything on which they have wanted to collaborate, buy these 73,000 masks”, the Mayor revealed at the presentation of the donation on Saturday.
Fernandez-Pacheco explained the masks will go to the Red Cross and to the “most vulnerable” associations and collectives, “so that we all have masks to protect ourselves from Covid-19 and to protect others.
He also pointed out that this is particularly important now that wearing a face mask in public spaces is compulsory in Andalucia.
Chinese business community representative Sonia Shi said they had wanted “to help the residents of this city which feels like ours, and which has always welcomed us so well, some of here more than 20 years.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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