Daimler Supports Earthquake Victims in China with a Total of EUR 500,000


All-terrain vehicles also provided
Daimler employees in China donate €16,000
EUR 200,000 provided for Myanmar

Stuttgart, May 15, 2008 - Daimler AG is supporting the earthquake victims in China together with its local companies Daimler North East Asia (DNEA) and Beijing Benz-DaimlerChrysler Automotive Ltd. (BBDC). The money is being provided to locally active aid organizations such as China Charity Foundation and the Chinese Red Cross. In addition, DNEA has provided the Chinese authorities with trucks for use in disaster areas.

“The situation in Sichuan is appalling,” stated Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler North East Asia. “We have only recognized the extent of destruction since emergency personnel arrived in the worst-hit areas recently. The disaster is far greater than was originally assumed. We have therefore decided to significantly increase our support.” DNEA already donated EUR 40,000 one day after the earthquake.
Daimler is cooperating closely with the responsible authorities and aid organizations on the spot in order to organize aid projects as effectively as possible. The focus is on supporting the search and rescue efforts, the care of homeless people and the long-term reconstruction of schools, hospitals and old-people’s homes. Daimler’s employees in China have already demonstrated their willingness to help spontaneously by donating a total of EUR 16,000.

Daimler has also provided EUR 200,000 for the crisis area in Myanmar. This money will be used on the condition that aid organizations are enabled to work professionally where help is needed. It is also necessary to ensure that the support can actually be of benefit to the victims. Daimler is continually in contact with the various aid organizations concerning this issue.

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