Uber is partnering with the Robin Hood Army (RHA), a zero-funds and volunteer based organisation, for providing free rides worth INR 50 Lacs to its #SeniorPatrol programme to support the vaccination of senior citizens in India.
This collaboration is a part of our recent 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 a part of RHA’s #SeniorPatrol programme, Robins (RHA volunteers) spread across cities will help thousands of vulnerable and senior citizens, including those living in old age homes and poorer neighbourhoods, register on the CoWin platform and travel to and fro from nearby vaccination centers. As RHA’s mobility partner, our free rides will be utilized to transport these vulnerable eldery citizens to get innoculated across 53 Indian cities, where both RHA and Uber are present.
In addition to supporting the vaccination drive, these free rides will further boost earning opportunities for Drivers on our platform during these challenging times.
Neel Ghose, Founder, Robin Hood Army, said, “We built and ran the SeniorPatrol programme during the extended lockdown in India to serve senior citizens across 100+ cities in the country with urgent needs such as groceries and medicines. We are happy that we have been given another opportunity to support these senior citizens for the vaccination drive and our extended partnership with Uber will further help us remove barriers to access vaccination and play a critical role in serving the communities where we operate”.
Earlier in August, 2020, during the lockdown, we had partnered with RHA to help deliver free meals for the hungry, and those worst impacted by the Covid pandemic.
From March 22, 2021, Uber and RHA will initiate these free rides to the vulnerable elderly citizens across the following Indian cities:
|Delhi NCR||Includes Delhi, NOIDA, Gurugram & Ghaziabad|
|Rajasthan||Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer|
|Uttar Pradesh||Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Agra, Gorakhpur, Mathura|
|Karnataka||Bengaluru, Mangalore, Hubli|
|Maharashtra||Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur|
|West Bengal||Kolkata, Siliguri, Durgapur|
|Bihar||Patna, Muzaffarpur, Gaya|
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have worked relentlessly towards helping move what matters and providing support by offering free rides to local authorities, civil society organizations and State Governments. 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, last year.