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Our friend Hong rocked the mic at a FedEx Vietnam coporate event last week talking to employees and their families about the importance of going green. She shared stories from her trip on a research ship to Antarctica and about how global warming and meling galciers will effect Vietnam. She encouraged people to take personal reposibilty and change their habits by conserving energy. The event took place at the zoo and FedEx planned educational activites to highlight how one individual can make a difefrence.  They planned educational games to learn about animals, judged a competition of young people delivering FedEx packages by bicycle to promote green transport and did a Zoo clean up where attendees went around and collected litter in the zoo.  Click on Read more to see a full article on the event.

Here is a full article on the event.  

FedEx Vietnam Employees, volunteers and disadvantaged children echo the voice against climate change during FedEx Annual Community Program

HCMC, September 19, 2010. FedEx Express Vietnam, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp the world’s largest transportation company, today launched its annual community support program, “FedEx Cares Week”, with the topic “Let’s join hands to protect the environment”.

The event was organized in HCMC Zoo, attended by about 150 people, including FedEx staff families, volunteers, and a group of 30 physically challenged children and orphans from Be Tho Charity School in Dong Nai.  The participants joined in a series of exciting environment-themed activities. In addition to learning about the animals, activities included a competition to build eco-homes from recycled materials, a competition for young kids to deliver FedEx packages by bicycle, which was intended to promote green transport in business practices, and helping to clean up the zoo – putting garbage into the dustbins, repairing and replacing damaged and old dustbins, and installing trash signs.

One of the highlights of the day was a talk given by Ms. Hoang Thi Minh Hong, the first Vietnamese to set foot in the unspoiled wilderness of the Antarctic. She shared interesting information about climate change, the recent happenings in the world, and how it might affect everyone in Vietnam, as Vietnam is one of the top five countries most affected by sea level rise caused by global warming. She pictured the world like in the famous Hollywood movie, Waterworld, if people do not take action now. With open and friendly exchanges with the participants, she inspired people into doing “Small Actions for Big Change,” encouraging personal responsibility for environmental protection. The 350ppm goal was repeated throughout the talk, and Ms Hong called for the participants to further spread out the message about the Global Work Party 10/10/10 to ensure Vietnam’s positive participation in the global movement.

“We are delighted to have been able to give these children and our staff a day to remember and learn how we can each play our part in conserving nature and slowing down climate change, as part of our FedEx Cares Week program in Vietnam. Programs such as this are being carried out by FedEx employees throughout Asia Pacific and the world this week as we celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and community support,” said Nguyen Duy Binh, Vietnam chief representative and senior country manager-Indochina for FedEx Express.

First launched by FedEx in 2005, the annual FedEx Cares Week provides FedEx employees all over the world with volunteer opportunities that benefit the communities in which the company operates. 580 volunteers contributed more than 1,750 service hours in the Asia Pacific region during FedEx Cares Week last year and even more employees are set to participate this year. This is the third year FedEx is participating in FedEx Cares Week in Asia Pacific.

In Vietnam, FedEx undertakes its social and community responsibilities by supporting many projects in the field of education and health care, including the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital which is devoted to blindness prevention and treatment; Ben’s Smile charity which offers assistance to Vietnamese children suffering from cancer; and the Safe Kids Walk This Way program to help ensure safety for pupils walking to school.

About Be Tho Charity School.
At Be Tho Charity School, Sister Vu Thi Vinh and her Sisters take care of 130 orphans and handicapped children aged 10-18. The Sisters teach the children skills that will help them to earn a living such as sewing, weaving and selling lottery tickets.

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