APA — On an unusually hot and sunny autumn day, visiting the beach rekindled old and exciting memories from the recent summer. Employees from Ford's offices in Shanghai visited Waterside Forest Park, Pudong, China, where the Huangpu and Yangtze Rivers meet and flow into the East China Sea, not to celebrate the Chinese Autumn Festival but instead to work and break a sweat. With rubber hand-gloves, masks, and boxes of garbage bags, the Ford team of volunteers rolled up their sleeves and began to clean the beach blanketed with old shoes, broken bottles, cigarettes, old milk cartons, and many other forms of trash.
This was just one of the many community activities Ford Motor Company conducted during its 2011 Global Week of Caring (GWC) programme held throughout its markets in Asia Pacific and Africa (APA). By the time GWC concludes, approximately 3,511 dedicated Ford employees and family members in APA will have devoted a total of 16,566 hard-working hours while participating in the programme.
“The 2011 Global Week of Caring programme of activities reflects the diversity and dynamism of the Asia Pacific and Africa region,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Whether they are cleaning beaches, planting trees, or supporting healthcare, education, or safe-driving projects, every one of our volunteers is committed to improving their beloved communities.”
The following are just some examples of the beneficial activities each market performed during GWC:
Between their Shanghai and Nanjing offices, Ford China cleaned the beach by Waterside Forest Park; grass and small forest clean-up near the Technology Museum; charity sale at the Shanghai office; support for fall outing program for Ming'Xin Autism Training School; and donate and set-up PC room for Huanglong Hope School.
Ford India volunteers devoted their time on coordinating door-to-door awareness campaign across seven local villages on the "3 R's" – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; held eye care camps at Sanjeevi Clinic for truck drivers while also conducting Driving Skills For Like (DSFL) classes; distributed school shoes for village schools; and collected clothes, electronics, and toys to integrate with FTSI/FBSC Waste to Wealth Initiative.
|Children receive shoes and food from Ford India employees.|
In Thailand, Ford employees and family members renovated the Wat Chalermlarp Primary School building, library, and playground, while also donating equipment and conducting fun activities for students.
|Ford Thailand volunteers repainting a classroom at a primary school in a local village.|
In the Philippines, employees from Ford planted trees in Santa Rosa City, while also providing food and medical vaccinations to its children and gifts to the abandoned elderly.
|Volunteers from Ford Philippines are all smiles as they bring gifts to abandoned elderly.|
Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) volunteers conducted gardening, painting, and general maintenance work of homes housing abandoned children in Mamelodi and Atteridgevill; held a party for disabled children at Ford's Horizon Care Centre Project; cleaned alien infested waterways and wetlands at the Telperion-Ezemvelo Nature Reserve; completed repairs on mobile houses for children in Port Elizabeth; and improved the environment surrounding the Ford Assembly Plant with general clean-up and planting of trees.
|FMCSA employees install a new car port with the assistance of a local design expert.|
In New Zealand, Ford volunteers completed the Variety – The Children's Charity Mini-Bash, raising money for the charity, and made donations and grants, such as funds for library books and equipment to a school outside of Hamilton on the North Islands.
|Employees from Ford New Zealand present a $1,000 grant to a local school, plus books and sports equipment.|
In Vietnam, employees from Ford supported orphans and disabled children at the Hai Duong Community Centre by donating books, clothes, and gifts for the Mid-Autumn Festival; and in Ho Chi Minh City, gifts and clothes were donated to the elderly near the Ford office.
|Children enjoying the slide and play-sets donated by Ford Vietnam.|
“Ford employees are dedicated to building vehicles that meet the needs of our customers, and they bring that same commitment and energy to helping people in the communities where they live and work," said Hinrichs. "We are extremely fortunate to have the resources and the people to make a world of difference.
In Taiwan, 800 employees and family and community members gathered for a clean-up at Yung-an Beach, in the county where Ford Lio Ho is located, which was a huge family event, attracting volunteers as young as four months old.
Ford volunteers in Australia joined a clean-up with the Rainbow Riders children's charity, which provides specialist equine and farm programs for disadvantaged and at risk young people, and in a separate project helped provide lunch for homeless and disadvantaged people.
Since 2005, the Ford Volunteer Corps has been the face of Ford in communities around the globe and throughout the year. Each year more than 20,000 Ford employees and retirees participate as part of Ford Model Teams that support community projects.
To learn more about GWC and Ford's other global community activities, please visit www.volunteer.ford.com and www.community.ford.com, respectively.