Being a part of the technology industry often has us caught up in the latest and greatest – be it gadgets, innovations, or research. And I’m sure we all take the simple things in life for granted, especially when our biggest concern is, “What’s Apple going to come out with next?”
The devastating floods in Pakistan were a reality check for many of us. Leaving over 21 million people without homes, the flood’s destruction exceeded that left by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake – combined.
A ResponseTek employee initiated the internal challenge to raise money for flood victims. About ten years ago, they had the opportunity to travel to Northern Pakistan; the area most severely hit by the floods, and they remembered being amazed by the beauty of the landscape and the kindness of the people, despite their humble surroundings.
Taking this challenge seriously, we, here at ResponseTek, were able to raise $2,180 as more than 75% of our employees participated. Management at ResponseTek matched our number to create $4,360, and the Government of Canada matched our final company number. All in all, we sent over $8,720 in actual aid to help the flood victims in Pakistan. And with our help, World Vision will be able to provide aid and support to over 140 families and their children in the affected areas.
And now it’s your turn. This is a challenge to all businesses in the technology industry in Vancouver, and we know there are some big ones here – how are you going to get your company to support the flood victims?