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Organon Helps Flood Victims

Organon Romania is to donate EUR 3,000 to aid people in the recently flood-ravaged regions of the country, a figure which will be matched by Organon International.

The joint contribution of EUR 6,000 will be given to relief and development organization World Vision, which is working to help some of the thousands of people who have been left homeless.

Recent flooding in Romania has left more than 20 people dead and caused damage totaling an estimated EUR 1 billion. Torrential rains have destroyed houses and torn up roads, striking the eastern part of the country particularly hard. The flooding has also affected tens of thousands of hectares of farmland.

"Organon Romania is not only committed to supporting doctors and patients, but we also aim to contribute to the community," said Tetsuro Namba, General Manager of Organon Romania.

"In addition, Romania is working hard towards accession to the European Union in 2007. We hope that such charitable initiatives will help the country meet necessary EU standards for admittance.

“This donation demonstrates our dedication to helping the country and is, therefore, a good way to kick off the implementation of the Corporate Social Responsibility project."

The money donated by Organon will be used in the short-term to provide essentials, such as water and food. The provision of clean water has become especially important as many people in the countryside rely on water wells, which have been contaminated by mud. In the longer term, money will be dedicated to rebuilding houses and infrastructure.

"This is a very unfortunate and sad situation and we are very glad that all our employees and their family members are safe," said Peter Kersten, Organon’s Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources.

"We understand that our Romanian colleagues would like to help solve the problems in their country and we, as the worldwide Organon team, are happy to support them in this effort with a financial contribution."

(Released: August 3, 2005)

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