Apple Makes $1.6 Million Donation to Support Chinese Earthquake Relief Efforts

apple_logo_white_grayFollowing a major earthquake in China's Yunnan Province earlier this week that killed over 600 people and caused widespread damage, Apple has made a donation of 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) in support of relief efforts in the region, reports CRIENGLISH.com. Apple has also updated its Chinese home page to acknowledge the disaster.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has also sent an email to company employees, shared by 9to5Mac, in which he expresses "deepest sympathies" to those affected and mentions Apple presence in the region and commitment to help.

Team,

Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China’s Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longtoushan Township, the epicenter of the quake, has been blocked by landslides, making the rescue effort there even more challenging. Apple is eager to help. We are making a financial donation in support of the work of Mercy Corps and CFPA (China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) to get supplies and relief to those affected by the earthquake and to help them through the process of healing and recovery. The tragedy in Yunnan Province is on the minds of many in the Apple community. Apple has over 6500 employees in China and Hong Kong as well as a growing developer community and deep ties to the workers in our supply chain who make Apple products. In this time of tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Tim

Apple made a similar but larger donation in support of relief efforts following another earthquake in China last year, and the company has committed to charity support on a number of other occasions, including facilitating donations from iTunes Store users following such disasters as Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Super Typhoon Haiyan last year.

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81 months ago

our deepest sympathies....and....... wanna buy a phone?


First post in and already a cynical comment. Sigh.
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81 months ago
our deepest sympathies....and....... wanna buy a phone?
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81 months ago

Couldn't they add a zero after the one? 1.6 Million is like petty cash for Apple. They probably make that back in a minute.


And if they donated 10.6M someone would say it should be 100.6M. How much have you donated?
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81 months ago

Maybe they are counting on others to follow their example but $1.6 million does not seem like a lot...


Maybe but it's a lot more than $0.
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81 months ago
Good for Apple for being a bigger personality than the China government. Their own government probably care less about the people than Apple.

And before anyone make a smart ass remark about how 1.6 million is just a drop in Apple bucket, consider how much are you donating.
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81 months ago

Give money, but move manufacturing jobs back to America.

They'd love to, if American companies/workers could be nearly as nimble and flexible to their needs.

How much faster do you think they could have gotten the Mac Pro deployed had it been manufactured in Asia?
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