Owners of the luxurious Velaa Private Island, Daniel Kretinsky and Jiri Smejc donates various medical equipment and supplies supporting the governments efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the community.
Five ventilators, 10,000 test kits, 100,000 face masks, 200 respirators and 500 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits are included in the donation made by Daniel Kretinsky, the owner of a $7.8 billion Czech energy conglomerate EPH, and Czech financier Jiri Smejc.
Regarding the generous donation, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid stated, "Grateful to Jiri Smejc and Daniel Kretinsky, the owners of Velaa Private Island for donating test kits to help Governments efforts to contain COVID-19. The virus hit Maldives tourism the hardest and its heartening to see resort owners helping the Governments efforts."
Earlier on March 12, it was revealed that Daniel Kretinsky had been diagnosed with COVID-19 however, he has made a full recovery since then. Daniel Kretinsky runs and owns Energeticky a prumyslovy holding (EPH), the biggest energy group in Central Europe.
Jiri Smejc, a Czech billionaire purchased the 50-year lease on Velaa from the Maldivian government in 2010. Today, Velaa Private Island stands as a "beyond luxury" hideaway, located in Noonu Atoll, a 45-minute seaplane flight north of Malé.
Comprised of 18 overwater villas, 25 beach villas, houses and 4 four-bedroom residences, each dwelling is serviced by a personal butler, ready to accommodate any desire that guests might have in mind. The greatest asset of the resort is being able to ensure that guests will experience the Island as their own private paradise.