A $40,308.00 cheque is presented to the Red Cross
MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - June 27, 2008 - Following the
devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar and the earthquake that shook China, last
month the Merck Frosst Employees Charity Trust Fund launched a fundraising
campaign to help disaster victims. For each dollar collected from the
employees, Merck Frosst made a $2 donation. Last Friday, Merck Frosst and its
employees proudly presented a $40,308.00 cheque to the Red Cross.
"Employee participation in the fundraising campaign was remarkable,"
pointed out Violette Berberian, President of the Merck Frosst Employees
Charity Trust Fund. "The Company's contribution of $2 for each dollar raised
from the employees allowed us to give a significant amount to help the China
and Myanmar disaster victims."
Employees originating from China were very involved in the fundraising
campaign, encouraging solidarity among the Company's employees who then wanted
to support their colleagues with a donation.
"As a native of the Sichuan Province, which was affected by the
earthquake, I am very moved by the solidarity shown by my colleagues and Merck
Frosst's support," said Lijing Xu, a biologist with Merck Frosst.
Last May, the Red Cross invited all Canadians who wanted to support the
emergency efforts deployed after the earthquake in China and the cyclone in
Myanmar to double the impact of their contributions by making a donation.
Thanks to the Government of Canada's generous matching program, the Government
pays one dollar to the Relief Fund for each dollar paid by Canadians.
About Merck Frosst
At Merck Frosst, patients come first. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. Is a
research-driven pharmaceutical company discovering, developing and marketing a
broad range of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve human health.
Merck Frosst is one of the top 25 R&D investors in Canada, with an investment
of $110 million in R&D in 2007. More information about Merck Frosst is
available at http://www.merckfrosst.com.
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For further information:
For further information: Vincent Lamoureux, Director, Communications,
Merck Frosst Canada Ltd., (514) 428-3456