Oct 05, 2001

Seagate to Receive Distinquished Service Award from MINDS

The Children's Charities Association announced today that Seagate Technology will be honored as a recipient of the MINDS Distinguished Service Award at the organization's annual presentation on October 6 at the Sheraton Towers.

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) is supported by the Children's Charities Association - a fundraising organization dedicated to the support of less fortunate children in Singapore. The group distributes its funds each year to six charities during its annual presentation.

"In addition to the disbursement of funds by the association, the annual presentation gives us an opportunity to recognize our supporters," said Aaron Ng, executive director of MINDS. "We are pleased to recognize Seagate's generosity and continued support with the MINDS Distinguished Award. Their assistance is enabling us to achieve our objectives of providing care, education, training and services to help the intellectually disabled lead normal independent lives."

Seagate has been raising funds for MINDS since 1998 through its annual charity golf tournaments and other activities that have raised approximately SGD 200,000. These funds have gone toward the upgrading of the MINDS training facility that offers vocational, social and independent living skills training for the intellectually disabled.

"A key element in Seagate's corporate giving program is to provide education and learning opportunities for individuals with special challenges," said Jim Chirico, Seagate senior vice president and general manager, Worldwide Operations. "On November 5, Seagate will be organizing its fourth charity golf tournament in support of MINDS, and we hope the proceeds will further the development of the knowledge and skills these special people need to find employment and enrich their lives."

Seagate has taken a long-term perspective to its corporate giving program in Singapore, fostering a healthy balance between its professional performance and the Company's duty as a responsible corporate citizen. In addition to the MINDS charity golf tournament, Seagate has also supported the Singapore Management University's student volunteer program to bring arts to disadvantaged children, Changkat Primary School's Healthy Lifestyle Carnival, Singapore Children's Voices' Charity Golf Tournament in aid of the Assisi Children's Center, and initiated a Children's Day Party for the Singapore Children's Society.

About Children's Charities Association
Children's Charities Association was inaugurated in 1966. It exists to raise funds to help meet the needs of and provide services to the less fortunate children of Singapore. The six charities under its patronage help to educate, train and encourage the children under their care to be independent and useful citizens. The charities are: Association for Persons With Special Needs, St Andrew's Mission Hospital for Children, Singapore Children's Society, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), Singapore Association for the Deaf and Spastic Children's Association of Singapore.

About MINDS
Founded in 1962, MINDS is one of the oldest and largest non-governmental voluntary welfare organization, catering to the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of the intellectually disabled persons and their families in Singapore. It operates five Special Education Schools, three Sheltered Workshops, two Day Activity Centers and two residential homes, serving around 2,400 intellectually disabled persons. MINDS can be found at www.minds.org.sg.

About Seagate
Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. Seagate's market leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.