Jun 02, 2005

Seagate Paper Recycling Campaign Purchases Prosthetic Legs

PENANG, Malaysia - During a four-month long paper recycling campaign organized by Penang Seagate Industries (M) Sdn Bhd and its 3,200 employees, 26,000 kgs of recyclable paper was collected, resulting in funds to buy and donate prosthetic legs to three community members.

Abu Hassan bin Abu Bakar, aged 60, Chong Tet San, aged 27 and Suresh Kumar Krishnasamy, aged 37 were presented with their prosthetic legs by John Marshall, Penang Seagate's vice president and general manager. Also present at the ceremony held at Seagate's Bayan Lepas facility was Yang Berhormat Teng Chang Yeow, state executive councilor for development, tourism and the environment.

"The theme for this year's campaign was RECYCLE TO SPONSOR SOMEONE A LIMB and we managed to raise a total of RM7, 254. Seagate matched the amount ringgit for ringgit as we feel it is important for the company and its employees to support our community. A recycling campaign has obvious benefits, in addition to which we were able to help some special individuals," said Marshall.

"We've held this campaign for four consecutive years and it has successfully financed many community service projects. These campaigns generate a lot of enthusiasm among our employees as they realize how much they can achieve as a team," he added.

The campaign's highest contributor was Tamil Selvan Archinan, a senior engineering specialist with the facilities department who donated 579 kgs.

"Recycling is one of the easiest ways to raise funds for worthy causes. I went from house to house in my neighbourhood and also to my friends and relatives, collecting all their old books, magazines and newspapers. Everyone was more than happy to contribute when they understood how the funds would be used," said Tamil Selvan.

"What we consider rubbish has actually been a great help to people in our community, and this should encourage more people to recycle," he added.

The three recipients were very grateful to Seagate for the donation, and indeed one recipient had waited for more than two years for a prosthetic limb donor.

Chong received his previous pair of prosthetic legs when he was still a teenager and had used them for ten years. Another recipient, Abu Hassan is a father of five who was medically boarded out in 1986 after being diagnosed with bone cancer. After 17 years of doing odd jobs, he had to have his leg amputated and has been trying hard to find a donor for a prosthesis ever since.

For Suresh Kumar, this new leg was also timely as his five-year old prosthetic leg was due for change. Suresh, who shares a rented flat with two other handicapped people, moves about on a tricycle and makes a living selling sundries.

"This donation is very meaningful to our employees as each and everyone who contributed to our campaign directly made a contribution towards helping elevate the lives of the recipients," said Marshall.

In the past, Seagate's Paper Recycling Campaign has funded donations of gardening equipment, medical supplies, outdoor and indoor play equipment and more to Sekolah Menengah Pedidikan Khas, a secondary school for hearing and speech impaired children, Penang Hospice Home, Penang Austism Center and Penang Cheshire Home

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