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FedEx Employees Spearhead Eye-Care Awareness in Mumbai

March 26, 2007

MUMBAI, March 26, 2007—In its continuing efforts to give back to the community, FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today organised the last of eight free eye check-up camps for children in Mumbai.  This final camp in association with Hamara Foundation, an NGO working for the welfare of street children, is part of the FedEx Free Paediatric Eye Check-up Campaign for children in Mumbai, organised and conducted by FedEx employees in India.

The Lotus School of Optometry trained dozens of FedEx employees to conduct preliminary eye check-ups that would help identify symptoms of common eye diseases in India.  For a month, 46 FedEx employee-volunteers have conducted check-ups in various camps across the city, assessing more than 5,000 children to date.  Children identified with serious vision problems were sent to the Lotus Eye Hospital for further testing and treatment. 

“It is a very humbling experience to be able to make such a difference to the life of a child,” said Shailesh Hasabnis, a FedEx employee and volunteer at the camp.  “I am proud to be part of a company that strongly believes that it is up to all of us to try and make this world a better place to live.  We have screened more than 5,000 children through our camps so far and I’m confident that this drive will make parents more aware of the need for preventive eye care.”            

As part of this campaign, FedEx employees have also distributed eye disease prevention leaflets with FedEx shipments delivered in Mumbai.  These brochures are also being given out to children visiting the camps to help spread the message about the importance of eye care.

“Early identification and treatment is critical in preventing blindness, which is the reason why we have undertaken this effort,” said Jacques Creeten, vice president India, FedEx Express.  “Making parents aware of both the symptoms of eye diseases and the proper preventive measures can go a long way towards saving the sight of many children throughout India.”

“At FedEx, we are committed to contributing to the communities in which we operate by identifying and addressing social issues, and encouraging our employees to help make their communities better places to live, work, and play.”  

FedEx is Committed to Delivering Sight Worldwide

The FedEx Free Paediatric Eye Check-up Campaign was coordinated in conjunction with an upcoming sight-saving program in Mumbai.  From March 28 through April 12, ORBIS International and its Flying Eye Hospital will be in Mumbai to address blindness through training, treatment and education.  FedEx is the primary sponsor of the program and will provide complimentary transportation, logistics, aircraft and volunteer support on-site. 

For more than 20 years, FedEx has been helping ORBIS preserve and restore sight around the world.  Volunteers are the backbone of ORBIS’s humanitarian efforts—and FedEx is a critical part of the volunteer network.  Since 1982, ORBIS has identified that its international medical team and trainees have given back sight and a brighter future to an estimated 27 million people.  In addition to operational and logistical support, FedEx provides ORBIS with financial aid.  FedEx has plans to donate $5.5 million to ORBIS over the next 5 years. 

About FedEx Express

FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brands. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 275,000 employees and contractors to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards, and the needs of their customers and communities.  For more information, visit fedex.com.  

About ORBIS

ORBIS International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight and eliminating avoidable blindness worldwide. Since 1982, ORBIS has responded to the needs of developing nations—where 90 per cent of blind people live—with hands-on training for eye care professionals, public education about blindness and technical assistance to improve access to quality ophthalmic services.  In India, ORBIS has taken up the challenges of childhood and corneal blindness.  Visit www.orbis.org.in  for more information.

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