Sergio Perez, along with his Fundacion Checo Perez, has donated over 1,000 food parcels to those in need in Mexico, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Formula 1 season is on hiatus until at least June, with all events through Canada postponed or cancelled, while France’s event is expected to be called off after the country’s lockdown was extended.
Racing Point driver Perez and his foundation have created a fundraising effort to help those in need of essential items, most prominently groceries, in his native Mexico.
A donation of 300 Pesos (around $12) is enough for one ‘pantry’, which will be delivered by the foundation itself; a target of one million has been set.
To this end Perez and his foundation have donated the first thousand pantries.
“It is very sad to see the number of people who are being affected,” said Perez, who has competed in Formula 1 since 2011.
“We understand that there are people who cannot stay at home, who have to go to work and who live daily, but their sales have decreased, their incomes are affected.
“That is why we invite all Mexicans to join this initiative.
“I am sure that it is customary for Mexicans to show unity once again and we will do our best to help our brothers.
I also pray for the people who have been infected and for their families.
“I am wishing you a speedy recovery and I send my sincere condolences to
all those who have lost a loved one in this medical emergency.
“I also take this opportunity to thank all the effort made by the doctors, nurses and, in general, all the health personnel who risk it every day.”