A “SHOUT OUT” of thanks to relief workers from Haiti to Pakistan to China
I have to give a “shout out” of thanks – THANK YOU! – to disaster relief workers around the world. Looking at the natural disasters of 2010 and the incredible ongoing service these quiet heroes provide year round – in the most austere conditions – a wave of gratitude surges through me.
On a trip to Haiti just a few months after the earthquake, I was able to see firsthand the incredible work that aid workers do on behalf of untold numbers of people in dire need. The personal risk, hardship and extreme challenges these workers undertake seems overwhelming to me. However, they wake up each day to extend their hands and hearts to help others make it through another day.
While many of us are not called to do this in-the-trenches kind of humanitarian work as our “day job,” it fills me with a special sense of pride as a FedEx team member knowing that FedEx continues to provide the unique resources we have, including our powerful global transportation network, to help those on the front lines of disaster recovery do what they do.
Since the earthquake in Haiti, FedEx has provided more than $1.8 million in cash and in-kind transportation services to help with the ongoing recovery efforts, including the efforts to quell the cholera outbreak many months after the quake. We’ve also been on the scene in many other locales around the world this year, delivering medicines and equipment, to help aid workers perform their miracles.
In some instances, where cash support was critically needed to meet local needs, we provided cash grants to major relief organizations. These grants provided stop-gap assistance to global relief charities including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as they responded to the flooding in Pakistan and to the China Red Cross as they responded to the mudslides in Zhou Qu, Gansu Province, China. (The photo associated with this post is from Zhou Qu.)
Hopefully, 2011 will be quieter on the disaster front than 2010.
So, to all of you aid workers out there, and to all the individuals, organizations and companies that help you men and women do the awe-inspiring work that you do – every day – THANK YOU! We know and appreciate that long after the TV crews disappear, you all continue to deliver hope to the hopeless. We at FedEx are grateful to be able to help you do what you do.