Wednesday, September 3, 2008

i2 extends partnership with UNICEF

Dubai, September 2, 2008- To celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, i2 extends its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and will be running a charity campaign starting today to support UNICEF’s continuous humanitarian initiatives. For a period of six months, i2 commits to donate US$ 1 to UNICEF from the sale of each mobile phone at i2 retail outlets in eight selected markets.

The campaign will run in KSA, UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Tunisia, Iraq and Sudan. The money raised will be used to help underprivileged children in the Middle East and Africa with emphasis on Egypt, Sudan and Iraq; by providing basic health needs crucial to their survival.

“We are happy to be partnering with UNICEF for the second year in a row, this time extending the program to six months. UNICEF works tirelessly to provide the necessary assistance to children around the world and to ensure all children's rights are fulfilled, guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and i2 is honored to be part of this grand endeavor” said Abdul Hameed Al Sunaid. CEO, I2

This endeavor follows the success of i2’s partnership with UNICEF during the holy month of Ramadan last year which raised $100,000. This year, i2 is hoping to raise a significant amount by the end of the campaign to generate maximum awareness by helping deprived children in the Middle East and Africa with the necessary medications, vaccines, clean water and food.

“Every year, millions of children die from totally preventable causes and these innocent lives can be saved by cost-effective interventions. We are grateful for the continuous support of a dedicated partner like i2 and we look forward to build on last year’s success, said Dr. Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf.

Founded in 1993 in Saudi Arabia, i2 is the region’s largest and most diverse mobile phone provider. Over 2676 employees across 340 stores in 22 countries are dedicated to providing i2 customers with technological solutions and services that enhance their lifestyles and shopping experience. i2 stores offer the widest range of mobile phones, PDAs, wireless technology, software; value added services and mobile accessories in the region. It is the first mobile phone provider to offer its customers a life-time warranty and a comprehensive after sales maintenance program on all products purchased in store or online. To better serve their customers, i2 has expanded its reach to include i2 magazine, i2 club, i2 cafĂ© and other innovative support programs. For more information about i2 products and services please visit . i2 operates in: Andorra, Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Reunion, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and UAE.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

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