Free holidays in Ibiza offered to healthcare heroes across Europe

Free holidays in Ibiza offered to healthcare heroes across Europe
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A new charity initiative is offering free holidays to European healthcare workers and their families as thanks for their hard work and sacrifice during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Ibiza based charity, Together for Healthcare Heroes, is offering 10,000 free holidays for heroic healthcare workers in Ibiza and destinations across Europe. The initiative is supported by the city councils of Ibiza and hotel groups such as 7Pines Kempinski, Aguas de Ibiza, OD Hotels, Destino and Concept Group are already participating by donating rooms for the scheme.

The initiative will offer free week long stays in April, May or October 2021 “for healthcare heroes out of gratitude” for their efforts during the pandemic, according to the website,and will include medical professionals from countries including Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Croatia and Luxembourg.

The charity is appealing for hoteliers and luxury villa owners to donate their properties to the scheme, aiming for 1000 top class accommodations across Europe, and they hope to be able to offer trips to Ibiza, Formentera, Mykonos, Greek Isles, Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Algarve, South of France, UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Swiss & French Alps and cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Zurich.

Together for Healthcare Heroes hope to raise €4 million through crowdfunding to pay for the flights and insurances of 10,000 travellers, and to be able to offer at least 5000 European Healthcare Heroes and their families a free one-week stay for a total of 10,000 guests.

Prof. Olivier Borens, part of the Advisory Board comments: “The medical profession has faced one of the hardest years in history. I am very proud to be part of this initiative that recognises this and is celebrating all those working at the frontline of this pandemic crisis. They are bringing people together from all walks of life, all with one goal, to give thanks to Healthcare Heroes.”

The nomination process is currently being finalised ready for the full launch in the next couple of weeks, and a verification process will be put in place.

If you are a Healthcare Hero, or know somebody deserving who is, you can register your interest here. You will be notified as soon as the nomination process goes live and is accepting nominations. 

It is believed the holidays will be allocated on a lottery basis, a decision made after consulting doctors and nurses. These could be lotteries held internally, within individual hospitals, or centrally at T4HH initiative. 

By Conor Patrick Faulkner

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