DTAC Thailand Provides Rs. 68 Million to Telenor for Flood Effectees

Telenor Group’s operating company DTAC Thailand handed over a cheque of Rs68 million to Telenor Pakistan here today as its contribution toward the ongoing flood relief efforts.

To announce the donation a press conference was organized by Telenor Pakistan at a local hotel. Present on the occasion from Telenor Pakistan were Aamir Ibrahim, Vice President Corporate Affairs & Chief Strategy Officer; and Affan Haider, Head of Corporate Communications & Responsibility. DTAC was represented by Thana Thienachariya, Chief, Corporate Affairs & Strategy; and Wansit Saiyawan, Department Head, Corporate Affairs, PR & Communication.

Addressing the press conference Thana Thienachariya said: “DTAC and its employees have a long tradition of reaching out to communities in their time of need. As soon as we learnt about the devastating floods in Pakistan and the widespread destruction they have caused, DTAC Management decided to commit funds toward Pakistan’s flood relief efforts. We also made a passionate appeal to our employees to donate generously. By contributing the equivalent of Rs68 million to the relief efforts we hope we are able to help in some small way toward lessening the loss and grief that the people of Pakistan are facing due to these destructive floods.”

Aamir Ibrahim thanked employees of DTAC and members of its Management for personally coming to Pakistan to hand over their donation. “Your contribution will help make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of flood affected people by helping rebuild their livelihoods and overcome their immediate difficulties,” he said. “Such generous donations help Telenor Pakistan reinforce its commitment to help the flood affected, especially through long-term sustainable rehabilitation projects that are in line with the local needs.”

Last month, following the large-scale devastation caused by the floods, Telenor Pakistan pledged Rs100 million toward the flood relief efforts and entered into a partnership with Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

One-third of the pledged amount has already been spent on purchasing relief goods and medicines. These will support 6,000 families across Pakistan and comprise 15-days rations and medicine supplies.

Telenor Pakistan employees are also donating funds of their own. Until now, they have collected close to Rs10 million. The company has promised to match all employee contributions four times over. Other fund-raising methods being employed include donations through SMS, easypaisa and donation boxes placed at Telenor Sales & Service Centers. Special telethons on various TV channels and Radio stations are being held to raise additional funds and increase awareness of the issues being faced by the flood affected. Telenor Pakistan employees across the country are assisting further with the relief activities through volunteer efforts, carrying out assessments and distributing food, non-food items and helping with medical supplies.

All additional funding received will be used to facilitate rehabilitation of communities affected by the floods. A plan to rebuild some of the affected schools is already being chalked out with the help of partners.

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