DHL employees in Jordan mark Volunteer Day with community outreach activities
DHL, the world's leading logistics company, marked DHL Volunteer Day in Jordan with more than 60 DHL employees and family members visiting the Al Baqaa Children's Home, and taking part in a blood donation drive as a part of the global initiative to give back to local communities and inculcate a passion for volunteerism and civic engagement among employees. The company has embarked on its largest ever volunteerism effort across five regions globally. In the Middle East, DHL offices in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE participated by engaging their local communities.
In Jordan, DHL volunteers organized a trip to the Zoo for more than 65 children from the Al Bagaa Children's Home at their request, as the children have not been to the Zoo before. The visit brought smiles and looks of astonishment to the children's faces. Finally they had the opportunity to see and learn more about the wildlife in Jordan. The children were then given a treat when they were then brought to Arcade City where DHL volunteers spent an enjoyable afternoon interacting with the children, making music, face painting, playing games, distributing toys and having lunch together. In a separate activity, more than 20 DHL volunteers donated blood towards children suffering from cancer from the King Husain Cancer Foundation.
"I am heartened to see DHL employees and their families actively volunteering in these communities outreach programs. At DHL, we are not only a leader in Logistics we are also a company with big hearts. We believe that making service to society is an important part of our corporate responsibility and this is our approach in supporting Jordan in all aspects – business, economy, society," said Turgay Sarikaya, Country Manager, DHL Express Jordan. "Through these initiatives, we hope to build a bridge of understanding with the community we operate in and contribute towards the development of Jordan."
"As the leading logistics company with a long standing presence in the Middle East, DHL is committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate in," said Garry Kemp, Managing Director, DHL Express, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT). "DHL Volunteer Day has been an annual platform for our employees and business partners worldwide to participate in activities under our corporate responsibility programs. With DHL employees at the forefront of this initiative, we want to champion the social responsibility cause and strengthen the culture of volunteerism in our local communities."
Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, DHL Volunteer Day has expanded into Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe over the years, and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. This year, DHL Volunteer Day stretched over 11 days from 16 to 26 September 2010 and about 30,000 employees, customers and business partners in over 100 countries took a day to participate in community projects to support various local causes. These programs deliver to the company's three corporate social responsibility pillars – Education (GoTeach), Environment (GoGreen) and Disaster Management (GoHelp).
Around the world, DHL has initiated local partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and welfare organizations to embark on community projects which focused largely on two areas:
Education of children and young adults: Initiatives include educating underprivileged children and youths outside the classroom with excursions such as a Marine Ecology Children's Tour where participants learnt more about marine ecology from ocean experts, followed by marine life interactive workshops. DHL also tapped on its extensive logistics network to deliver stationery, books and art packages to schools and delivered material for the renovation of orphanages and schools. The participants also refurbished schools in numerous countries to ensure the students have a conducive learning environment.
Environmental protection: DHL employees embarked on reforestation projects, planting thousands of trees, as well as cleaning neighborhoods, beaches and parks.
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