The LEGO Foundation has announced a plan to donate $150 million to support children affected by COVID-19 with more details in a full statement.
A sum of $150 million has been donated towards children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, whose lives have been thrown into disarray by the world needing to partially shut down for an extended period in the interest of health and safety, limiting access to education and more.
The announcement was made as part of the Global Citizen Live event on September 25. $70 million will go towards access to vaccines and health supplies for parents, teachers and caregivers whilst the other $80 million will benefit the LEGO Foundation’s partners as they continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“We are at a transformational moment for educational systems everywhere.?This?donation?builds on the LEGO Foundation’s core values of finding creative solutions to the difficult challenges, caring for children and the communities they live in, and the power of collaboration to address the challenges, and opportunities, posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,”?said?Anne-Birgitte?Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer of the?LEGO Foundation.
“Together we need?to make a leap in playful learning, creating a future that promotes inclusive education, lifelong learning opportunities for all children, and?where holistic skills and innovation are central.?We call on the private sector, philanthropic organisations, governments and other donors to donate generously to?the?global COVID-19 response. No?one is safe until everyone is safe.”?
The charity branch of the LEGO Group has been making other donations over the past year, including a fund of $23 million to help increase access to quality education. The work that the company does was also explored in the latest episode of the Our LEGO Stories podcast.