CSR: Ashland Valvoline’s AMCHAM M.A.D.D Day

Friday, November 17, 2006 23:37
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Fifteen volunteers from the Ashland’s Shanghai campus visited the children’s hospital in Pudong yesterday, bringing with them several baskets of books and toys. They talked and played with the kids in the hospital’s play room, bringing smiles and laughs to the sick children as well as their anxious parents. This visit is part of the “Make a Difference” volunteer program initiated by AmCham Shanghai. Ashland is one of the few member companies that have now kicked off this year-round project for 2007.

AMCHAM Ashland GIF

“We want to be an integral part of the Chinese economy and society by giving back to the communites in which we work and live. This project provides the Ashland team with an opportunity to reach out into the community, and touching those we normally would not see.” says Dale MacDonald, president, Ashland China, when interviewed by Shanghai Dragon TV Station, “These children and their families are suffering right now and we wish to bring them a moment or two of happiness. I can tell that all of our volunteers feel good about this as well, which is important within the Ashland culture.”

Valvoline AMCHAM CSRWhen asked about the community relations plan in the future, Dale added ” As a chemical company, we’d like to work with relevant organizations on the importance of chemistry, its contribution to society, and how to build an environmentally friendly chemical industry in China. We have a lot to share based on experienced gained from around the world. “

“We are very glad in having Ashland here today. What you’ve demonstrated today is an admirable corporate social responsibility “said Doctor Chen of the business development department of the children’s hospital.

AMCHAM Ashland GIF

The Volunteers had a great time with the kids, and many smiles and bonds were developed. Though, most of the volunteers did not have a child themselves, they found that with a lit of love, nothing is impossible, as the children’s suffering subsided for a moment.

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