Jan 08, 2005

Seagate Employees Celebrate the New Year with Special Children

More than 120 employees of Penang Seagate Industries (M) Sdn Bhd and their families ushered in the New Year with children from the Penang Autism Center, Handicapped Children's Center and Spastic Children's Center at a party hosted by Seagate.

Seagate employees and family members volunteered as "guardians for a day" for the 70 children from these centers who attended the event held at the Caring Society Complex. Squeals of delight could be heard as children between five and 15 years old and their guardians competed in a telematch. There were also many prizes waiting to be won at the game stations set-up by Seagate employees.

There was added excitement when a specially invited clown thrilled the children with balloon sculptures and magic tricks. Volunteers, their families and new friends ventured through the day together and spent time getting to know each other better.

John Marshall, vice president and general manager of Penang Seagate said that this project is the first of many projects lined up for the year. "While our company develops leading-edge technologies, our corporate culture emphasizes core values like community, family and giving back to society. Seagate is always closely involved in community, educational and environmental based projects and our employees continuously strive to volunteer their time and resources toward the success of these projects."

Naimah Mohd Yusof, a finance manager brought her children Farah Adilla Mohd Jasni, aged ten, Luqman Hakim Mohd Jasni, aged eight and sister to the party.

"I'm delighted to be part of this event and have my kids realize that all the children share the same passion for life", she said. "I think today's event has made them value what they have even more."

Eddie Eu, an engineering specialist and a regular volunteer in Seagate's community service activities played big brother to 15-year old Teh Kai Chuen from the Handicapped Children's Center.

"I think ushering in the New Year with these special children and sharing their joy will make 2005 more meaningful for me."

As the children bade farewell to their new friends, they were delighted to receive more surprises. Each child was presented with a goody bag and a special gift based on a wish list given by each of them.

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