Carousell, an online classifieds marketplace in the Philippines, started the #ChooseToCare fundraising drive for the benefit of medical workers in the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proceeds from these efforts will be given to the Lung Center of the Philippines, one of the selected DOH-(Department of Health)-accredited sites that can test possible patients, intended for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs), ventilators, and other supplies.
#ChooseToCare provides people two options to donate. The first option is purchasing from select power sellers and influencers that have put items for sale through the designated #ChooseToCare collection page on Carousell’s web and app platforms. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Lung Center. The collection will be up until April 30, 2020.
The second option is making direct donations for the Lung Center of the Philippines. Those interested to donate can go here.
To aid businesses on the platform, the company created two relief options.
The first relief option that Carousell offers is “Free Coins” which subscribers can avail themselves after the lockdown. Coin value received will be equivalent to two months’ worth of their current subscription plan, and will have a 12-month expiry. Subscribers can also get one month’s worth of coins for every additional month (beyond April) that the lockdown is implemented. In addition, payments due within affected months of the quarantine will be collected once lockdown has been lifted.
The second relief option that Carousell offers is “Waived Payment”. Payments made during the impacted months of the lockdown will be waived. Should the lockdown persist beyond April, payments will be waived for the months falling within the quarantine period. This relief option is not applicable for prepaid packages.
Relief options are open to Carousell subscribers in all industries (automotive, properties, and general classifieds). New subscribers and those who would like to renew their subscriptions can avail of either the following options. One option can be obtained per subscriber. This offer is valid until April 30, 2020, or until further notice.
Carousell also extends 999 Free Carousell Coins with 12-month validity to valued paying users who’ve been with the platform since July 2019.