24.Jan.2017

OCT continues charity work

Every December, when business meetings are over and the office desks are full of corporate presents, OCT offers its support and help to various charity organizations of Saint Petersburg.

In 2015, we donated to the AdvitaFund in support of Marina Lagunovskaya, a girl who was in need of an expensive drug ‘Tepadina’ for autologous bone marrow transplantation. At the moment, Marina is under a long-term medical treatment to receive her third cycle of chemotherapy. To help Marina and other Advita’s patients, please visit the Fund’s website.

In 2016, we chose the oldest charity organization of Saint Petersburg, Nochlezhka. For over 26 years, this project has been providing aid to the homeless by not only giving shelter, food and warm clothes, but also solving legal and social issues for rehabilitation of those who found themselves on the street. One of the latest initiatives of Nochlezhka is a free laundry service for the homeless that was opened together with Prachka.com laundry chain. About 70-80 people are able to have their clothes washed in the laundry every day.

“We all agreed that sacrificing our corporate New Year’s party to donate to charity instead was the right thing to do. According to Nochlezhka, the number of homeless people in Saint Petersburg has reached 60,000. These figures are extremely high and comparable to the population of a small town like Anapa. This is not a situation you can simply ignore. I’m confident that Nochlezhka will develop and implement many other important initiatives to save people’s lives in a cold city. I’ve been thinking over idea of undertaking an industry wide charity campaign that would be supported by pharmaceutical companies, and I’m appealing to the readers of Pharmvestnik to join it!”, comments OCT President Dmitry Sharov.

With support provided by OCT, Nochlezhka plans to build a bath facility for the homeless. Everyone can join this initiative by contributing to its development!