“Serving the community” was the theme of Microsoft China’s Day of Caring events that took place this year in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. With close to 1000 participants, the events aimed to give back to the community through numerous activities.

In Beijing, about 830 Microsoft volunteers took part in serving the local community. Some visited migrant schools or nonprofit organizations where volunteers and residents alike participated in various activities such as designing postcards, making jewelry and writing calligraphy. More than 100 migrant children and 18 friends in wheelchairs were also invited to the Microsoft China office where they experienced the latest Microsoft inventions, interacted with Xbox 360 + Kinect™ and used Windows® 7 to practice their English. The children also learned how to take, edit and organize photos, and create PowerPoint® presentations.  The wheelchair-bound friends even played Tai Chi Softball with volunteers in the MS office. Moreover, more than 1,800 participants, including 533 Microsoft staff, Executive Committee members and their families attended the following Family Day. They contributed their time and raised funds for migrant children in China.

“Through the Day of Caring, we hope to let more youths experience cutting-edge scientific and technological knowledge and nurture their passion for the world, so that they can become future leaders in innovation,” said Dr Zhang Yaqin, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft.

 At Guangzhou, a Microsoft Multimedia Library was officially opened in a rural elementary school. Furnished with computers, TV sets and more than 530 books, it attracted Microsoft staff, their families, volunteers and government leaders. Students tried their hands at the new computers, played games and learned how to create origami.

Fifty volunteers from Microsoft Hong Kong, with the support of local non-governmental organization (NGO) Hong Kong Society for Age, visited four senior citizen centers to impart basic Internet skills. The senior citizens were shown how to set up their own Hotmail® accounts and use the Microsoft Network (MSN) video chat, helping them communicate with their families through the Internet.

The event called “A Walking Egg”, held in Shanghai, made the most waves throughout the four regions.  A collaborative effort between MSN China and Shanghai United Foundation, a local NGO, this was a walkathon that raised funds for children in rural areas. Out of the thousand people who attended the fund-raiser, 249 participants managed to complete the entire 50 km distance, and a total of RMB$32,016 was donated, which bought 67,270 eggs for the children. More than 40 MSN and Microsoft volunteers took part in this great event.

“Microsoft’s ‘Day of Caring’ is an important part of our corporate culture. We work closely with the government and the community, so as to promote the spirit of volunteerism and contribute to the growth of a harmonious society,” said Dr Liang Nianjian, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft Greater China Region.

“Microsoft’s ‘Day of Caring’ is an important part of our corporate culture. We work closely with the government and the community, so as to promote the spirit of volunteerism and contribute to the growth of a harmonious society.”
Dr Liang Nianjian, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft Greater China Region 

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