Jan 25, 2006

Seagate Employees Take Big Strides for Children in Need

PENANG, Malaysia - Seagate Technology, the world's leading supplier of hard drives, will fund two heart operations totaling RM20,000 for two young children in Penang. The operations will be conducted by the Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) as part of its ongoing program that aids those from low-income backgrounds who need corrective heart surgery.

Seagate's contribution comes from funds raised when its employees participated in the third annual Malaysia International 24-Hour Walk, held in September last year.

The first heart-operation patient sponsored by Penang Seagate is two-year-old Ooi Jian Ting. The procedure is scheduled to take place February 2006.

Seagate's marathon walk contingent picked the slogan "Walk to Give Life" to raise greater awareness about heart disease among children.

"Seagate's goal in participating in the marathon was to make a difference for those in need in our community", said Oh Kean Cheong, Penang Seagate's plant manager. "We are pleased to help enhance the quality of life for these children and bring more attention to this terrible disease.

To raise the funds, Seagate's contingent walked a combined total of 1,613.15 kilometers. Three members of the Seagate team, competing against a field of nearly 500 people, clinched top 20 finishes.

Dato' Teddric Jon Mohr, PAH's president and chief executive officer, requested more multinational companies to step forward and participate in the hospital's life-saving program.

"Heart disease is a common birth defect among children around the world," said Mohr. "Many die in their first year of life because they lack appropriate medical care, while those who survive may lead severely limited lives. As such, it would be excellent if companies take Seagate's lead and help sponsor other patients. I would also like to thank Seagate and commend them on their unique fund-raising effort."

PAH community relations manager Rachel Phoon said the hospital is still accepting applications from potential patients to undergo the second Seagate-sponsored heart surgery.

Those who would like to apply can e-mail: foundation@pah.com.my or call the Development Department at: 04 222 7603/4/5/6 for further details.

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