Press Release


TPG employees respond to disaster in Asia

Publish Date : 31 December 2004 at 10:30 CET - TPG acts to help tsunami victims: ‘Just one hour can make a difference' The fundraising initiative, ‘Just one hour can make a difference', is based on the idea of a mailman from Heerlen to ask all TPG staff in the Netherlands to donate some of their free time. For every hour of leave surrendered, TPG Post and TNT will donate the hourly wage to the aid organisations working together under Giro 555.

Today, more than 60,000 TPG employees in the Netherlands have received a letter from Peter Bakker, CEO of TPG, asking them to donate their free time for the benefit of the relief operation in Asia.

Rick Fijnaut: “I think it's fantastic that TPG took up my idea. After seeing the horrifying reports on the disaster in Asia, I wondered what we could do to help the victims. Then I thought of the idea of donating holiday hours. If every employee donates one hour, we can raise more than half a million euros, but obviously I hope people will donate more than that. I hope other companies will follow our example – it can be organised relatively quickly and easily.”

TPG has also offered help to the World Food Programme, in which it is already involved as a corporate partner. WFP is assessing what type of aid is needed in the various locations. Our people are already helping, and transport of medicines and other supplies have been organised to several destinations. Warehouse space has been made available and, as soon as the needs have been identified, airlifts will be arranged. In addition, TPG has donated € 225,000 to WFP. The money was raised by employees who took part in Walk the World in Asia, and a sum of € 1.5 million has been earmarked in the form of expertise, warehouse space, transport and staff.

On 6 January, a cheque for the funds raised will be presented during a national television broadcast.

Page publication date: 31 December 2004 at 10:30 CET