Local businesses and industry contributed over NIS 31 million to help various societies through the Matan welfare organization in 2005, Matan said Monday. Contributions included NIS 17.5m. of donations from Israel Corporation, Israel Chemicals, Zim Shipping and Services and its workers, earmarked for the "Israeli Companies for a Healthy Israel Fund" to help the sick purchase medicines not in their health baskets. The fund has, to date, raised NIS 35m. In addition to the funding, Matan said the participating companies' workers had volunteered approximately 14,000 hours in various social organizations.