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Nestle to spend Rs 40m on flood victims

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Lahore, August 22, 2010
Nestle Pakistan has vowed to spend Rs. 40 million to help the flood-hit people, as well as supporting the farming community, a statement said.

Talking to journalists at an Iftar reception, Head of Corporate Affairs of the company, Fakhar Ahmed, said that the relief package being extended by his organization include milk, other food items and beverage products.

He also announced that this year the company had cancelled all the Iftar receptions given to its corporate clients and other expect media.

“The reason to give reception to media was to sit together and discuss about the relief activities and suggestions from them,” he said.

Most of these efforts are being supervised by Nestlé’s own staff in the field. There are some 3,000 Nestle staff in the field and they have started relief activities in their areas, he said adding that some donations have also been routed through the government relief camps and also with some credible non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Appreciating his field staff, Fakhar said that not a single staff member has asked for even one-day holiday during these relief activities.

As part of the farmers’ rehabilitation, he said, Nestle would extend free vaccination for more than 200,000 animals. Nestle Pakistan has also established free farmers and cattle help desks in more than 10 districts of Punjab, where farmers are being provided help and also vaccination to their animals for survival.