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GM Pledges Aid to Disaster Victims in China, Myanmar

Submitted by: General Motors

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: May 20, 2008 – 03:00 PM EST

 

May 20 /CSRwire/ - DETROIT,MI - May 20, 2008 - General Motors today announced that the General Motors Foundation and GM China have donated in excess of $1 million to support relief victims in China and Myanmar. GM China has made donations of over $850,000 for local efforts; the GM Foundation has donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross, China Disaster Response Fund and $50,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme to aid victims of the cyclone in Myanmar.

Additionally, GM China has pledged to match its employee contributions for local disaster response efforts and the GM Foundation will match other employee contributions made by May 27, 2008, to the American Red Cross, China Disaster Relief Fund and UN World Food Programme, up to a total of $100,000.

News reports put the death toll from both natural disasters well into the hundreds of thousands. Millions more are in need of medicine, water, food and shelter.

"We are saddened by the magnitude of these disasters, and mourn the loss of life and the devastation that the disasters have brought to so many people," said Rod Gillum, GM Vice President and Chairman, GM Foundation. "Our employees have a long tradition of responding to such emergencies quickly and compassionately. GM is always ready to assist in global relief efforts to provide food, water, medicine and other resources to those who are in need."

More information on the GM Foundation can be found on the GM web site at www.gm.com/corporate/responsibility/.

About General Motors

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

For more information, please contact:

Geri Lama General Motors
Phone: 313-665-9973
Phone 2: 313-580-8469

 

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