FedEx Express Delivers Relief Supplies to Sikkim Earthquake Victims
BANGALORE, November 08, 2011—In response to the devastation caused by the earthquake in the Himalayan region, FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, has delivered 1,000 shelter tool kits to the affected families in Sikkim. This charitable initiative was organized in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Indian Red Cross Society with the aim of offering shelter relief to victims of the earthquake.
The relief aid of 1,000 shelter toolkits includes tools and hardware which will enable victims and aid workers to help repair and reconstruct damaged and destroyed homes. The shelter kits were provided to the Indian Red Cross Society by the IFRC, and funded by the international organization’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). FedEx Express transported the aid weighing approximately 25,000 pounds from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Delhi, India using the A310 aircraft and delivered the kits to Indian Red Cross Society representatives in Sikkim by a special ground delivery.
“The damage caused by the September earthquake in the Himalayan region necessitated an immediate humanitarian response. FedEx is honored to offer its humble support to victims of Sikkim. By delivering the shelter tool kits to affected families in the region, we stand in solidarity with our trusted partners, India Red Cross Society and the IFRC, as they honorably assist the community’s reconstruction process,” said Kenneth F. Koval, vice president, Operations, FedEx Express India.
“The earthquake in the Himalayan region has damaged and destroyed homes across four countries creating an emergency situation in hard-to-access regions,” said John Roche, Head of the IFRC’s India office. “Thanks to the assistance of FedEx, these shelter tool kits will help many who have been left homeless in Sikkim rebuild their lives.”
FedEx Express maintains a longstanding commitment to disaster relief. The company donated more than five million pounds (approximately 2,300 tons) of charitable shipping last year alone, equivalent to 87 Boeing 757 aircraft of donated aid.
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 186 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. For more information, please visit www.ifrc.org