Boeing announces near half million dollar donation to Moroccan earthquake recovery

Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA - July 29, 2011: Boeing 787 taxing to runway for takeoff at the Air-Venture airshow.
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Boeing has announced a $450,000+ donation from the Boeing Charitable Trust to assist with Moroccan earthquake recovery and relief efforts.

    The company also pledged to match dollar-for-dollar monetary donations from Boeing employees who contribute to the cause, extending the reach of assistance provided to the Moroccan people.

    “Amidst the devastation left in the wake of this earthquake, we extend our deepest sympathy to Moroccans who are enduring such unimaginable hardship,” EVP – government operations, Boeing, Ziad Ojakli, said.

    “Boeing colleagues around the world are dedicated to supporting the people of Morocco, and we stand ready to collaborate with local partners to provide meaningful assistance that leads to healing, rebuilding and renewal.”

    Boeing funding will support the following organizations:

    • $225,000+ to the American Red Cross, in partnership with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, for shelter, food, health and mental health services and other relief such as hygiene kits, basic necessities and welfare information.
    • $225,000+ to CARE International for emergency water, food and medical support for survivors.

    “Thanks to Boeing’s generous support, the global Red Cross network is helping those affected by the Morocco earthquake,” chief development officer, American Red Cross, Anne McKeough, said.

    “We are grateful for partners like Boeing as we work together to provide comfort and hope for communities in the wake of this devastating disaster.”

    Executive director – corporate partnerships, CARE International, Madden Mansion, said the reports from the ground are heartbreaking.

    “According to our team in Morocco, hundreds of people are sleeping in the streets at night, lying in blankets in parks in the heart of Marrakesh, too afraid to go home,” she said.

    “People are exhausted, and the emotional fear and horror of what they have experienced is indescribable.

    “These coming days are critical, and the generous and timely support shown by Boeing will help us immensely in our work.

    “CARE’s priority is to provide hot meals, safe water supply, emergency shelter, medical and psychosocial support.”

    Disaster relief efforts in Morocco align with Boeing’s commitment to communities where Boeing employees live and work.

    Boeing’s presence in Morocco spans more than 50 years. Over the past decade, Boeing has contributed approximately $1 million in charitable giving in the country.

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