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Feeling the Love

October 31, 2008

The social responsibility award recognition we received on October 30th from the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai was especially sweet in that the China office of ORBIS International initiated the award application process.

The award is the fruit of a wonderful ongoing collaboration between FedEx and ORBIS. We certainly “feel the love” from ORBIS. They are so gracious and appreciative of the support we provide them.

If you believe as I do that the most effective corporate social responsibility programs are related to a company’s core competencies, the connection between ORBIS, a blindness prevention agency, and FedEx is not immediately apparent. However, when one learns that ORBIS operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a converted DC10, the fit becomes clear. We provide maintenance for their plane, volunteer pilots and complimentary transportation services in support of their medical programs worldwide. Sometimes our employee volunteers get to see patients walk onto the flying eye hospital blind and walk off seeing after receiving treatment.

One time an ORBIS mechanic asked one of ours if he could borrow a flashlight. The FedEx mechanic asked him to come back in a few minutes and one would be on the shelf. When the ORBIS mechanic returned there was not one but several flashlights on the shelf as word got out to our maintenance team that ORBIS needed a flashlight. Yep. ORBIS and FedEx. Feeling the love.


    Priyal says:

    Brilliant, as always!

    Shane, congratulations on the award! This is indeed a great appreciation for all the good work we keep deliverying to the society – the committment we live with.

    And I feel so proud to have been a part of this initiative during the India visit. It’s giving me goosies!!! Thanks for all your support Shane, always!

    Gena Cummings says:

    Awesome! As a retired teacher of the visually impaired, I can tell you firsthand what a great service you are rendering. Those of us who are sighted have no idea of the world in which our blind friends live. Way to go, FedEx (Shane & others) for changing the world for the better! 🙂

    Irene says:

    As a former FedEx employee and an active advocate of CSR initiatives in China, I’m so proud that FedEx won one more award. It’s FedEx who taught me to feel the love and pass on the light to people in need.
    Keep up the good work!

    Ken Cooper says:

    I’ve only been with FedEx a short time, but already I’ve learned things about it that I had no idea about as an “outsider” and have to say that I’m very pleased with the way it touches the community, here and abroad.

    George Myer says:

    Commendations on a great work. I am very happy for you and the opportunities you have to help people in a very meaningful way.

    Rebecca Shaw says:

    Congratulations,FedEx. I’m feeling the love! FedEx and ORBIS are transforming lives.

    Shane Oconnor says:

    Reader’s Digest, ORBIS & FedEx

    Great story just published in Reader’s Digest about a retired FedEx pilot who continues to volunteer for ORBIS.

    He Delivers to the Blind

    In his spare time, this former FedEx pilot helps deliver cures for blindness around the globe

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