Heart to Heart, FedEx to Deliver First Private Airlift To Sichuan
CHENGDU, May 26, 2008 – Heart to Heart International, a global humanitarian organization, in cooperation with FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, yesterday delivered relief supplies valued at more than US$1.5 million to Sichuan Province, the southwestern province devastated by a 8.0 magnitude earthquake on May 12. It is the first major shipment of private aid from the U.S. to the earthquake zone.
After departing at 14:20 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Friday, May 23 from Kansas City International Airport, the emergency airlift of critical pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, blankets and tarps landed at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport just after midnight on Saturday, May 24. The vital supplies will support millions of people over the next two months.
"In this time of great human need we are witnessing the very best of partnership,” said Dr. Jeff DeGraffenreid, Heart to Heart International Chief Programs Officer. “This humanitarian aid delivery will make a significant impact in saving lives and easing suffering."
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families in Sichuan,” said Eddy Chan, senior vice president, FedEx China. “We are glad we can help get critical aid to help the survivors suffering from this unfortunate tragedy.”
About Heart to Heart International
Heart to Heart International is improving global health through humanitarian initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need. Since its founding in 1992, Heart to Heart has delivered aid worth $600 million in U.S. wholesale value to more than 100 countries, including the United States. For more information about its programs and ways to get involved, visit www.hearttoheart.org.
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $37 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 290,000 employees and contractors to remain absolutely, positively focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.