New Delhi (October 21, 2016): Ola has launched #GiveWayGiveLife - a campaign that aims at raising public awareness, and bringing about a social change of giving priority to emergency vehicles, especially ambulances, on the road. Over the next few months, " target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v%3DSDvQ3caLIko&source=gmail&ust=1477129010731000&usg=AFQjCNE6Eto43sUq_4kC37Vp1qt86XJYmg">this video will be posted across various social media platforms to raise awareness and create a community of passionate change seekers/citizens.
While everyone often notices the frenetic ambulance sirens, very rarely are commuters able to empathise with the serious condition of the patient inside. As part of the campaign, Ola is running the Public Service Announcement (PSA) across all key social media platforms to create awareness on the issue. The idea of giving way to transient ambulances will also be integrated in the training program provided to drivers at the time of onboarding as well as regular training through driver training device on how to acknowledge and act during emergencies. With a strength of over 5.5 lakh driver partners on India’s roads, each of them is a potential hero. While some of our driver partners have already exemplified these values, Ola aims to sensitize a broader section of drivers on the criticality of the issue with this initiative.
Prominent Healthcare institutions like the Apollo Group of Hospitals have also come forward and supported Ola’s #GiveWayGiveLife initiative, adding to the campaign’s reach and enabling a potentially impactful social change.
Endorsing the campaign, Dr A. N. Venkatesh, Sr. Consultant & HOD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Apollo Hospitals said, “Thousands of people every year don’t make it to the hospital during emergencies due to traffic congestion where golden minutes are lost in transit inspite of the best facilities being made available in ambulances. We recognize the dire need to create awareness amongst public to leave way for ambulances during their commute. We commend Ola’s efforts of initiating this change by creating public awareness and extend our support to Ola in this endeavour.”
The PSA will also be aired in movie halls before film screenings to reach out to a wider audience. Talking about the campaign, Raghuvesh Sarup, CMO and Head of Categories at Ola, said “With presence across 102 cities, we at Ola are best placed to understand the unique problems faced by commuters on Indian roads on a daily basis. With this campaign, we hope to sensitize people about the importance of giving way to emergency vehicles. We are not only committed to building sustainable mobility solutions but are also devoted to becoming a worthy mobility partner for a billion Indians.”
Ola has launched several campaigns for safe rides and safer roads across the country. Most recently, Ola supported the Bhubaneswar police in their endeavor to mitigate the traffic blockage situation during the popular Durga Puja and Dussehra festive season. Earlier this year, in order to promote awareness and encourage responsible drinking, Ola initiated a ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign. Under this initiative, Ola tied up with multiple pubs in Delhi & Bangalore to raise awareness. Ola also associated with the Delhi Police and the Hauz Khas Village Association in Delhi- NCR to promote safe driving conditions. Many such initiatives are being run in parallel in various cities across the country in a bid to ensure a safer and better mobility experience for a billion Indians.