Apple donates $8 million and new devices to victims of Chinese earthquake


In 2008, a deadly earthquake hit the southwestern province of China, Sichuan. Tens of thousands were killed and thousands went missing. This past weekend, the province was hit with another massive earthquake, killing 186 people and sending almost 8,200 to the hospitals.

After the devastation, Apple’s Chinese website updated with a message of condolence for all those affected by the disaster. Better yet, the company also announced that it would be making a donation of 50 million RMB or around $8 million to the victims of the earthquake. They will also be providing new Apple devices to the schools in the affected area.

Here is Apple’s message, which was translated by Tech in Asia:

At this difficult time, our hearts are with the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Aside from the cash donation to help the affected people to tide over their difficulties, we are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area, and Apple employees in the locality are on stand-by at any time to help.

Apple has made an effort to donate regularly when disasters like this recent earthquake hit. It’s a respectable gesture, and hopefully it continues when natural calamities inevitably strike again in the future.

[via CNN, MacRumors, Tech in Asia]

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  • riya

    Thats a nice gesture, I’m happy they are helping instead of battling in courts for silly reasons. I hope the donations reach the victims.

  • davidroper

    Sorry, Apple, you failed. You have a USA presence, a corporation here in America. You’re on the NYSE selling your stocks and Bonds. USA, lock in to that.

    If you have money to help people, how about helping those devastated by hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and the recent Texas bomb tragedy? They are in the USA, not China.

    In case you haven’t heard, it’s China who is violating your copyrights and making Chinese iPods, iPads, and the like, for sale. Don’t get me started on Hacking ot Copying DVDs.

    You are as lost as Google when it comes to the right thing to do.

  • Enrique

    [@Seamus McSeamus] Yup, that’s right! I saw it some time after this post was written. Samsung China donated $9.7 million, Foxcon donated $8 million, and a few other tech companies donated money too.

    Hopefully all that money is put to proper use!

  • Seamus McSeamus

    I read earlier today that Samsung followed up with a donation of nearly ten million dollars. Whether done as a one-up of Apple or from a genuine desire to help, the money will definitely help those devastated by the earthquake.