SAP Month of Service Extends to SAP Retail Forum in Dallas

25,000 Live Saving Meals Packaged for Hungry Orphans

Retail Orphan Initiative and Food for Orphans Program Benefit from Volunteer Efforts

Somewhere in the world, a child dies every 5.2 seconds due to malnutrition, disease, or neglect. 16,600 orphans die every day.  That is over 6 million kids that will die this year alone!

On Monday, October 7, 2013 a group of retailers, media, industry analysts, SAP employees and partners gathered in Dallas to package life saving meals that are headed for South Africa.    Because of the generosity of100+ volunteers and our sponsoring partner, Tata Consulting Services (TCS) less children will go to bed hungry.

As a member of the Retail Orphan Initiative Board, I could not be more proud of what we accomplished in Dallas.  At Retail Forum in 2012, we packed 20,000 meals that went to needy children in Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.   This year, we proudly packed 25,000 meals.

SAP’s relationship with Food for Orphans stemmed from a long partnership with the Retail Orphan Initiative—an organization that brings together retailers, vendors and manufacturer to help children in need. 

The three primary goals of the Retail Orphan Initiative are to:

1.      Raise awareness to the needs of 400 Million Vulnerable Children worldwide

2.      Work with and encourage retailers, vendors and manufacturers to create internal programs to help with orphan/foster care

3.      Fund existing charities that are on the forefront of orphan/foster care worldwide with grants that can double or triple existing work

A partner of the Retail Orphan Initiative, The Food for Orphans program packages simple, nutritious meals that will be shipped to hungry orphans.  Food for Orphans brought their program to a ballroom of the Westin Galleria so as a retail community we could help provide life-sustaining meals of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables, and 21 vitamins and minerals.  The meals we packaged will help build the immune system of malnourished children around the world.

Every October, SAP encourages employees to participate in corporate social responsibility initiatives to help those in need.  At Retail Forum, SAP employees from our Dallas office are joining us in this food packaging effort. 

I want to express my gratitude to the volunteer SAP employees in the Dallas Office, including the social media ambassador, Kirsta Bradley who helped organize the event along with our customers, business partners and industry influencers who took the time to help children in need.

For more information about how you can get involved, please visit http://retailroi.org/ or http://www.foodfororphans.org/index.php

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