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60 Million Orphans Go to Bed Hungry Every Night. SAPPHIRE NOW: Volunteer 30 Minutes of Your Time with SAP and NBA Player Legends to Make a Difference.

New to SAPPHIRE NOW, and in partnership with our SAP Corporate Social Responsibility team headed by Jackie Montesinos Suarez, I am proud to announce our SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference Community Service Event.   Last Fall under the umbrella organization, the Retail Orphan Initiative, SAP Retail partnered with the Food for Orphans organization to package 20,000 meals at Retail Forum.  Based on that success and the enthusiasm of partner sponsors and event attendees, we are now bringing the Food for Orphans organization with us to SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando and opening the opportunity to make a difference to all SAPPHIRE NOW attendees. 

I couldn’t be more proud of the support from SAP leadership, partners and employees.  Special thanks to our sponsors for their support of this effort: Datum, Deloitte Consulting, Freudenberg IT, Miracle Software Systems and Vistex.

Our goal at SAPPHIRE NOW is to package 285,000 nutritious meals, an entire truckload, destined for orphans around the world.  Customers, prospects, partners and SAP employees will all be asked volunteer their time.  The goal of Food for Orphans is to make sure that every orphan receives at least one nutritious meal per day.  They fund feeding programs in mostly third-world countries, seeking out those programs that have exhibited the ability and history to care for the needs of orphans, yet struggle to provide the necessary food. From the orphan care providers, they require financial accountability, monthly reports, updates on the condition of the orphans, and unlimited access to the project.

SAP is joining force with the NBA and key business partners to make the event possible.  The NBA will be sending player legends to help package food with SAP.  SAP is an Official Business Software Partner of the NBA and the official presenting partner of for the 2012-13 season.  SAP technology allows players, coaches, and fans greater access to NBA statistics than ever before. SAP is also working on corporate social responsibility initiatives with the NBA through their foundation – NBA Cares. NBA Cares addresses important social issues such as education, youth and family development, and health and wellness. The NBA and its teams strive to positively impact children and families worldwide.

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference Community Service Event.

What:  Support Food for Orphans by helping pack 285,000 meals– an entire truckload, destined for orphans around the world.  

How You Can Help: Volunteer to help package meals for needy children across the world with the Food for Orphans organization. (

Sign up: . In as little as 30 minutes, you can make a difference.

Location:  Florida Ballroom, Lower Level, Hilton Orlando Orange County Convention Center

When:  Monday, May 13, 2013—12:30-5:30 p.m.

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  • SAP employees not going to SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando can still donate online.  Don't forget the SAP Matching Gift program can double your impact!

  • This is really something!  I've delivered similar boxes to a mountain village in Honduras.  I saw people standing in the hot sun for a hour to recieve what most of us would consider trivial stuff.  It literally changed my world view and much more importantly my twin 16 year olds.  I can't want to get back there and pack.  But FYI I won't be wearing my blue blazer and kakki pants! Can i hang out for more then 1/2 hour?

    • Jeff,

      Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm!  You can absolutely pack meals for as long as you want.  I am grateful that you have made time to volunteer, given your hectic travel schedule.  See you in Orlando!

  • Can't wait to hear all the great news from Orlando about this initiative. Wish I was there to help out - will be sure to follow up on Louis' suggestion to donate online to the cause. Keep up the good work!