Lenovo Donates Computers to the Freedom Calls Foundation to Enable Frontline Troops to Communicate with Their Families
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., and MORRISTOWN, N.J. — March 12, 2007 — Lenovo today announced the donation of ThinkPad notebooks and Lenovo laptops to the Freedom Calls Foundation (FCF), a national non-profit group based in New Jersey that operates a satellite network for military camps in Iraq. The FCF sites provide video conferencing, online access and phone operations, free of charge that enable U.S. troops on active duty in Iraq to interact with their families and friends back home.
Lenovo PCs will be used at three FCF sites for long-distance email and videoconferencing via satellite. The FCF broadcasts thousands of video conferences each month, and military personnel have free access to all services at FCF sites in Camp Taji, Al Asad Airforce Base and Camp Fallujah. Recently the FCF's satellite network enabled a group of troops to view a special symphony concert, a soldier to propose to his girlfriend in Iowa, and another soldier to view the birth of his first child in North Dakota.
"We're honored to support this great foundation that gives our troops overseas the access to Lenovo PCs," said Jeff Carlisle, vice president of Government Relations at Lenovo. "The work that the Freedom Calls Foundation has done demonstrates how vital it is for everyone to support our troops in their own innovative way."
The FCF is authorized by the Secretary of the Army and the Commandant of the Marines to provide communications services to the troops and their families, and recently received a commendation from President Bush and the Army for its ongoing efforts.
"The generous support of Lenovo is vital to our mission," says Kathryn Hudacek, director of development at the Freedom Calls Foundation. "The durable PCs from Lenovo will be used 24/7 by the troops and will be able to stand up to the harsh environmental conditions at the Freedom Calls Centers situated at Army and Marine camps in Iraq."
Lenovo's PC donation to the FCF is part of the company's global efforts to give back to the community using its technology innovations. For example, through its work with the NBA, Lenovo is joining forces with NBA players and Legends on special projects that encourage social entrepreneurship. This year, Lenovo marked its first initiative with NBA Cares with the donation of Lenovo-branded notebook PCs to the new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center. This is the first of 10 centers that Lenovo will support worldwide. These centers are a part of the NBA Cares Legacy Projects throughout the US, Asia, Europe and Africa.
The FCF is currently looking to open a new site at Al Taqaddum in Iraq, and another in Afghanistan.
To find more about the Freedom Calls Foundation, visit www.freedomcalls.org .
About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/us/en .
About Freedom Calls Foundation The Freedom Calls Foundation is a 501(c)3 Public Charity was founded by Executive Director John Harlow in 2003 after learning about the high expenses incurred by troops when calling home from Iraq. Now in its fourth year of operation, the Foundation provides services to more than 30,000 Soldiers, Marines and Airmen free of charge 24 hours per day. The Army has requested that the foundation install 8 additional facilities in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan in the coming months. National volunteer host sites complete more than 1,500 enterprise class video conferences from homes, hospitals, churches and schools every month. The Freedom Calls Foundation receives no money from the government and is supported solely by donations from individuals and corporate citizens. Donations can be securely made on the foundation's Web site www.freedomcalls.org .