Vodafone announces Rs 1.2 cr assistance to flood victims

Vodafone announces Rs 1.2 cr assistance to flood victims
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Aug 16 2007. 07 11 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 16 2007. 07 11 PM IST
New Delhi: UK-based cellular services provider Vodafone’s charity establishment -- Vodafone Group Foundation -- on 16 August said it would donate Rs1.2 crores towards assisting the flood victims in the country.
“As a responsible company we believe it is our duty to contribute through our foundation for relief from large scale disasters which impact on communities where Vodafone is present,” Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Arun Sarin said in a statement released here.
Vodafone had recently acquired Hutchison’s majority stake in India’s second largest cellular operator Hutchison-Essar.
Of the total assistance, Rs40 lakh would be routed through international non-government organisation Oxfam and the rest Rs80 lakh would be spend through local initiatives which are in the process of being identified, the statement said.
The donation to Oxfam would help about 10,000 people in the worst affected areas with temporary shelter, it added.
The donation would also work alongside the Foundation’s ongoing contribution to Oxfam’s disaster relief programme ‘The 365 Relief´, which is aimed at funding a global rapid responses team of aid workers to be deployed in disaster prone areas.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 16 2007. 07 11 PM IST