Vaccinating India’s senior citizens Uber partners with Robin Hood Army to provide free rides worth INR 50 Lacs. Uber today announced a partnership with the Robin Hood Army, a zero-funds and volunteer based organisation, for providing free rides worth INR 50 Lacs to its #SeniorPatrol programme for supporting the vaccination of senior citizens.
Uber’s offer is a part of its recently announced pledge to support the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), State Governments and local NGOs with free rides worth INR 10 Crores during the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive.
As RHA’s mobility partner, Uber will provide free rides to help vulnerable elderly to and from vaccine centres to receive their doses across 53 Indian cities, where both Uber and RHA operate. Under the partnership, RHA volunteers will help thousands of vulnerable senior citizens, including those living in old age homes and poorer neighbourhoods, register with the CoWin app and then transport them to get innoculated.
Earlier in August, 2020,Uber partnered with RHA to help deliver free meals for the hungry, and those worst impacted by the Covid pandemic. In addition to supporting the world’s largest vaccination drive, these free rides to vulnerable citizens will further boost earning opportunities for Drivers on Uber’s platform during these challenging times.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Uber has announced multiple initiatives to support local authorities, civil society organisations and State Governments to help move what matters. In 2020, Uber partnered with Indian NGOs such as HelpAge India,CHILDLINE 1098 and the National Association for the Blind to provide mobility options for some of India’s most vulnerable citizens.
It also facilitated over 280,000 free rides to the National Health Authority (NHA) as well as various State Governments for transporting thousands of frontline healthcare workersand volunteers. These free rides were a part of the larger global commitment made by Uber to donate 10 million free rides and food deliveries to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need.