Aug 21, 2001

Seagate Donates RM10,000 Worth of Gardening Equipment to SM Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan

Through generous contributions from community-minded Seagate employees, SM Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan, a secondary school for hearing and speech impaired children, now has a new and extensive supply of gardening equipment to maintain the school compound.

The money for the equipment was raised through the Paper Recycling Campaign held at Penang Seagate in conjunction with the site's recent ISO 14001 certification. The campaign collected more than 20 tons of recyclable print material from employees. The proceeds from the sale of these materials totaled RM5,000. This amount was doubled when Seagate, demonstrating its support of its employees' efforts, made a matching contribution of an additional RM5,000.

The equipment, consisting of motorized lawn mowers, chain-saws, gardening shears, sprinklers, garden hoses, wheelbarrows and other items, was presented to the school by David Ngu, vice president of Penang Slider Operations, in a special ceremony held on the school premises.

In conjunction with the donation, August was declared Landscaping Month by the school, during which the students and staff will ensure that the equipment is put to full use.

Seagate also engaged an experienced landscaper to conduct a workshop on landscaping to provide the teachers with the knowledge and expertise to better utilize the equipment, improve maintenance of the school compound and train the students on the finer points of landscaping.

After the presentation, Ngu said, "Seagate is always proud to help build a better environment for the surrounding community. With our site achieving ISO 14001 certification, we want to continue to promote a sense of responsibility towards preserving our environment in both our employees and the school children. We all need to realize that 'excellence in today's environment ensures a better tomorrow.' This is also our ISO 14001 theme. Through the donation of this equipment, we hope the children will cultivate a love for nature and take steps to ensure that the environment is preserved and maintained.

"The employees of Seagate continue to give overwhelming support to causes which help the environment This donation not only exemplifies our employees commitment to recycling but also to teaching and helping others plays an active role in environmentalism as well," he added.

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