Daimler supports victims of typhoon disaster in the Philippines


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STUTTGART, Germany, Nov. 15, 2013: 500,000 for direct relief efforts Employee donations for relief projects of the German Red Cross Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "With our donation we want to help quickly and without bureaucracy to alleviate the plight of the people of the Philippines." Dr. Rudolf Seiter, President of the German Red Cross: "We are very grateful for the commitment of Daimler."

Daimler AG will help the people of the Philippines. Due to the tragic events caused by the typhoon "Haiyan" the company provides on short notice 500,000 euro for the suffering population. The donation will go directly to the German Red Cross. The money will be used to bring vital relief supplies – such as tents, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and plastic sheets – for over 15,000 people in the Philippines. In addition, Daimler asks its employees to make donations.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "With our donation we want to help quickly and without bureaucracy to alleviate the plight of the people of the Philippines. As a global company, we take our social responsibility, especially in such crisis situations, very seriously."

The German Red Cross (DRK) is represented in the Philippines since 2008 and was therefore able to respond quickly. "There are human tragedies to a dramatic extent in the Philippines. The survivors lack basic necessities. With the donation of Daimler, we can supply 15,000 people with vital supplies. We are very grateful for the commitment of Daimler," says Dr. Rudolf Seiter, President of the German Red Cross.

The typhoon "Haiyan" was one of the worst natural disasters in recent decades. The cyclone left a swath of destruction in the affected cities and towns in the Philippines and claimed thousands of lives. According to United Nations estimates, about 920,000 people have been displaced. As a result of the catastrophic devastation of the storm several million children, women and men are threatened by hunger, water shortages and infections.

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