Dec 16, 2004

Seagate's Holiday Charity Tree and other Activities Raise over S$200,000 to Benefit Needy Children

From the tinseled foliage of the Seagate Holiday Charity Tree hang the hopes of children to never have to skip a meal in school again.

This is because each of the festive decorations on the Seagate Tree represents a financial contribution, made by Seagate employees to the Singapore Children's Society Convalescent Home, a beneficiary of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF). The goal of SPMF is to alleviate the financial burden faced by parents in providing for their children's education and help children who are already facing difficulties in remaining in school to stay on.

This and a series of other fund-raising activities, organized by volunteer employees in the months of November and December, are part of Seagate's charity drive to support the Convalescent Home, a gazetted place of shelter offering protection and care to children who are abused or neglected.

So far, the Seagate charity drive has collected more than S$20,000 through its various activities for Convalescent Home, who will utilize and administer the fund to provide 24 school-going children from the home with enough pocket money for food to help them sustain their day in school.

"Our Home is fortunate to be the selected beneficiary of Seagate's charity drive. With the funds collected, our school-going children will have enough pocket money to buy food for themselves every schooling day. Our sincere appreciation to all Seagate employees for their generosity and continuous support to our Home and our children," says Ms Tan Siew Khim, Director of the Convalescent Home.

"Seagate is a firm believer in equal opportunities, especially in the area of making education accessible to children; and we encourage our employees to participate in worthy causes such as these," says Jim Chirico, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate's Asia operations. "With this charity drive, not only will our efforts benefit these under-served children, it also allows our employees to choose how they would like to be involved in the fund-raising activities."

Launched in November, the series of activities organized by a team of employee volunteers at Seagate includes:

* Seagate Holiday Charity Tree - Each contribution made by employees to the Convalescent Home entitled them to a printed card, which they filled out with messages to children from the home as part of the decoration for the Seagate Holiday Charity Tree;

* Children's Drawing Competition - The company invited artwork submissions from employees' children on the theme of "Colors of Love" to determine the top winners in two separate categories. All submitted artwork were then sold to raise funds at the Seagate Charity Bazaar;

* Seagate Charity Bazaar - Employees were encouraged to donate used items such as books, toys, electronics appliances, plants and clothes in good condition to be sold to other interested employees, with the proceeds going to charity. Not only is this recycling effort environmentally responsible, it provides an alternative avenue for employees to raise funds for the Convalescent Home;

* Park for Charity - For an hour on the morning of December 16, employees who drive to work can opt to pay a token fee to park their vehicles at the company's parking lots at Ang Mo Kio. The fee will go towards the fund-collection activity for Convalescent Home.

"I was encouraged by company management's strong support for this charity drive," says Chong Yu Wei, a Seagate volunteer employee, who helped out in some of the activities. "There are many people who are less privileged than us, and I'm glad I was able to contribute in some way. Being a part of the committee that helped put together this charity drive has been fun, enriching and rewarding."

Earlier in November, Seagate raised S$180,000 for SMPF through its annual charity golf event involving its business partners and associates. The cheque for this amount will be presented to Mr. Peter Khoo, organizing chairman of SPMF on Dec 16 at Seagate's closing ceremony of its internal charity drive.

For the charity drive, a song titled "Colors of Love" was specially penned by one of Seagate's volunteer employees, which will be performed by the company's choir at the closing ceremony on Dec 16.

Note to Editors:
Members of the media are cordially invited to the closing ceremony of Seagate's internal charity drive on:

Date : Thursday, December 16, 2004
Time : 10:00am
Venue : Hard Disc Cafe
Seagate Technology International
7000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
Singapore 569877

Children from the Convalescent Home as well as Seagate's management team, volunteers and employees will also be present to partake in the closing ceremony. Seagate will also be presenting a cheque of S$180,000 to Mr. Peter Khoo, organizing chairman of SPMF at the event. Seagate's own choir will also be performing its specially-composed charity anthem, "Colours of Love", at the event.

To RSVP, please contact Jason Chan at 9763-0898, or email:

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