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Panasonic donates 1,200 solar lanterns in central Vietnam

Released at: 13:59, 17/10/2017

Panasonic donates 1,200 solar lanterns in central Vietnam

Photo: Panasonic Vietnam

Lanterns part of "100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project".

by Doanh Doanh

The Panasonic Corporation has donated 1,200 solar lanterns to people in Minh Long, Tra Bong, Son Tay, and Bac Tra My districts in central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces. The donations are part of its “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” that aims to donate 100,000 solar lanterns to people living in off-grid areas by its 100th anniversary in 2018.

A ceremony was held at the People’s Committee of Long Son Commune in Minh Long district, in cooperation with World Vision International Vietnam.

“Since our founding in 1918, we have remained true to our management philosophy of contributing to society through our business activities by providing superior, environmentally-friendly products that bring convenience to our customers,” Mr. Masaaki Kobayashi, General Director of Panasonic Vietnam, said at the ceremony. “In addition, we have strived to address social challenges with various practical solutions in the field of education and the environment. With positive comments from the World Vision International Vietnam’s report on the effectiveness of the program in improving people’s lives in Dien Bien, Yen Bai, and Thanh Hoa provinces, we are committed to further promoting the program in Vietnam to encourage the use of green energy and eco-friendly products.”

This is the third year Panasonic has conducted the project in Vietnam, bringing the total number of lanterns given to people to 2,832. It donated 630 in Dien Bien last year, 702 in Yen Bai, and 300 in Thanh Hoa.

Understanding the challenges faced by people in the central region during the typhoon season, Panasonic decided to donate solar lanterns to provide an energy-efficient solution to many households, pre-schools, and medical facilities in the four districts.

Panasonic has also implemented a special care program to aid flood victims with damaged TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, and air conditioners in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien Hue provinces. Between October 2 and 15, customers in the provinces can get free repairs and maintenance and 50 per cent off on spare parts or replacement parts (applicable to non-repairable or discontinued replacement parts) when registering via Panasonic’s toll-free call center on 1800 1593.

An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide still live without access to electricity. Panasonic will continue to bring light and electricity to people living in off-grid areas to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and achieve “A Better Life, A Better World”.

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