FedEx Express is using its network to bring international relief to communities affected by the Southern Turkey and Northern Syria earthquakes.
So far, the company has committed more than $1 million USD (approx. €948,100) worth of in-kind shipping toward relief efforts.
This includes the delivery of approximately 230 metric tonnes of critical aid from the Dubai World Central Airport to Istanbul via five FedEx MD-11 flights from 17 to 21 February.
These charters delivered relief supplies including tents, blankets, baby items, household supplies and hygiene kits from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“Our hearts go out to those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria,” said FedEx President of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, Kawal Preet.
“During times of need, we are committed to using the unique capabilities of our network to deliver humanitarian aid to communities safely and promptly.
“We see this as our responsibility and hope that the support we provide will contribute to the recovery and rebuilding of communities and bring relief to those whose lives have been affected.”
FedEx has also been able to help other non-profit organisations and governments respond during this crisis by utilising its global network and logistics expertise.
FedEx donated $100,000 USD (approx. €94,821) on 8 February to the Red Cross aid recovery efforts in Turkey and Syrian communities.
On 8 February, FedEx also delivered critical humanitarian supplies from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to Malataya, Turkey on behalf of the Istanbul Governship and local municipality.
During the week of 13 February, FedEx provided shipping support for Canadian disaster-relief organisation, GlobalMedic, and it worked with United States-based World Central kitchen to ship aid from Madrid, Spain to Adana, Turkey.
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