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BENGALURU : Ola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ride-hailing firm Ola, on Monday said it has partnered with online donation platform GiveIndia to provide consumers with oxygen concentrators for free through its own app.

The service will start rolling out in Bengaluru from this week with an initial set of 500 oxygen concentrators. Ola and GiveIndia will scale it up across cities with up to 10,000 concentrators in the coming weeks.

Consumers will be able to log into the Ola app and request for an oxygen concentrator by providing a few basic details. Once submitted, the request will be validated, and Ola will then pick up the concentrator via one of its cabs with a specially trained driver and bring it to the consumer’s doorstep.

Once the patient has recovered and no longer requires the concentrator, Ola will pick up the device and return it to GiveIndia to get it ready for the next patient. This entire experience will be seamless and the oxygen concentrator as well as the doorstep delivery and pickup will be completely free for consumers.

“With the O2ForIndia initiative in partnership with GiveIndia, we will provide free and easy access to oxygen concentrators to those in need. We hope this initiative brings much-needed support during these very difficult times and helps in mitigating the pain and the anxiety among those impacted." said Bhavish Aggarwal, chairman and group chief executive officer (CEO), Ola.

“…Through this initiative, we will provide oxygen concentrators to those recovering or isolating at home, right at their doorstep. We hope the easier access to oxygen will ease the distress of many patients," said Atul Satija, CEO and Founder 2.0 at GiveIndia.

Last week, GiveIndia said it has launched its India Covid Response Fund (ICRF-2) to mobilize funds to address the escalating health crisis and for humanitarian aid such as cash relief for low-income families of the deceased and food for the hungry. Last year, it had raised 220 crore.

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