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 Volunteers from Ford Motor Research & Engineering Walk for Living Water

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NANJING, China —For people living in big cities like Nanjing, it’s difficult to imagine suffering from such water shortages that you need to walk 20 kilometers just to get two buckets of water.
 
Fifty Ford Motor Research & Engineering (Nanjing) Co., Ltd. (REC) employees and their family members joined other 400 people on December 2 to participate in a special social charity activity, Walk for Living Water, organized by the Amity Foundation, Ford’s Corporate Social Responsibility partner in China, to help raise awareness of areas with limited water resources.     
 
Patrick Fitzgerald, vehicle evaluation & verification manager, Ford REC, represented the company and gave an on-site speech before the walk.
 
“At Ford, we take seriously our commitment to help the communities, giving us all a chance to not only build great cars, but to also contribute to building a better world,” said Fitzgerald. “Go Further! It is how we do things at Ford, in the innovative products we make, in the care we show for our customers, and in the way we serve our communities to make it a better world.”
 
“I am so proud to be working with a team that is so energetic about going further to make a difference,” Fitzgerald added
 
Volunteers from Ford, Amity Printing, Zhongyuan Real Estate, along with university, middle and primary schools students, were divided into teams of between two and five people. Each team needed to prepare two empty water buckets with a capacity of no less than 5 liters. All participants then used shoulder poles or hands to lift the buckets, walking on a specially-designed route around famous Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing.
 
In order to experience the hardship of water shortage, no water drinking was allowed during the 3 kilometer walk.
 
“The walking activity made us understand how precious water is for lives on this planet. It was great to see families walking together with children carrying their small containers of water, nevertheless, it was also a good exercise for me,” commented by Ezequiel Eduardo Ruiz Muniz, quality operating system manager, Ford REC.
 
“I always like the charity activities. It’s a great way to share our love with others in need. I think I’m more blessed to give than to receive. The Walk for Living Water activity has a very good wish to help us understand places with limited water resources. It certainly educated me on how to save water,” said Elin Wang, parts management analyst, Ford REC.
 
The walking activity is a follow-up of the REC Sustainable Water Project, one of the 2012 Global Week of Caring (GWC) projects. The Sustainable Water Project is a charity program focused on the fundamental need of water by humans and aims to raise awareness about waving water and water environmental conservation among Ford employees.
 
During GWC in September this year, REC held a water protection seminar to help raise employees’ environmental protection awareness and also donated US$5,472 to build nine household water cellars in Yunnan Province, helping families there to get through dry seasons.
 
“It was truly a great activity. We do not just walk for living water, we walk for living life,” said Emily Zhang, HR intern, Ford REC.
 
“The Walk for Living Water is a must do. It is a perfect balance between sharing others life experiences ‘carting water’ and laughter and smiles with your team and friends. All this happens whilst walking around Nanjing’s lovely lake. It reminded me how very fortunate I am to be here in China. Soaking up the rich variety of experiences, plus meeting and developing new friendship,” said Fitzgerald.
 
 
Patrick Fitzgerald, Vehicle Evaluation & Verification manager from Ford REC represented the company and gave a speech before the walk.
We are little water saving soldiers.
   
Hey, it’s the first time to use shoulder poles to carry buckets of water.
Great team, great time; better water, better life, better future.
   
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12/7/2012 2:30 AM