In response to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China, IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) China Shanghai joined forces with CCIM China to quickly launch a fundraising campaign, Jan. 24 to 26, to support the fight against this virulent contagion. All proceeds – $59,500 in total – benefit medical workers on the front line by providing the equipment and supplies needed to help contain the spread of the virus.
Of the $59,500 raised, IREM CPMs® (Certified Property Managers) and CCIMs (Certified Commercial Investment Members) in China donated $15,500. The remaining amount came from $24,900 in individual donations and a single corporate donation of $18,700. As a result of this coordinated effort, an initial shipment of medical supplies, including face masks, gloves, and rubbing alcohol, has already been purchased and delivered to Wuhan Xiehe Hospital. Wuhan has been the most severely affected city and has faced strict quarantines and restrictions on travel. More face masks and protective suits are currently being arranged for other medical sites throughout China.
“We’re inspired by the deep commitment of our colleagues from IREM China Shanghai and CCIM China to the communities where they live and work,” says IREM CEO/EVP Denise Froemming. “They’ve come together at a crucial moment, working as a team to combat this epidemic.”
“The dedication, compassion, and camaraderie of CCIM Institute and IREM professionals during this crisis is humbling and deeply moving,” says CCIM Institute CEO/EVP Gregory Fine. “CCIMs and CPMs are not just productive members of the community, but corporate citizens who are there to help in time of need.”
This fundraising effort is a natural extension of the high level of social responsibility and ethics held by CPMs and CCIMs across the globe. It also illustrates the generosity and team spirit of commercial real estate professionals in China. Their humanitarian efforts elevate CPMs and CCIMs everywhere, and the real estate industry worldwide.