Verifone, Inc. today announced it has pledged $100,000 to the Tsunami disaster relief efforts under way in Southeast Asia. The Company also said that Verifone Chairman and CEO Douglas G. Bergeron pledged a matching donation of $100,000 on behalf of The Bergeron Family Trust.
“This grave situation requires rapid and extraordinary efforts to ease the suffering,” Bergeron said. “We are honored to contribute to the worldwide relief effort with this donation to Mercy Corps. We urge our employees, customers, and suppliers to do what they can, now.”
Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, said: “The Tsunami crisis is the largest and most complex disaster in modern times. The significant support from Verifone and Doug and Sandra Bergeron will go a long way towards saving lives and relieving suffering for hundreds of thousands of families in need in Southeast Asia. Mercy Corps relief workers are on the ground in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia doing everything they can to help those in need. We could not do our work without the generosity of corporations like Verifone and individuals like the Bergeron family who are reaching out to the world in this hour of need.”
Mercy Corps ( http://www.mercycorps.org ) was among the first agencies to reach Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra, Indonesia, the hardest-hit area, where up to 100,000 have died and is distributing emergency survival supplies such as water, food, shelter material, and hygiene kits. The organization has worked in Indonesia for 6 years and has an existing staff of several hundred, giving us the ability to respond quickly and comprehensively to the hardest-hit country. Mercy Corps has a 25-year history of responding to crises around the world, from its founding during the Cambodian refugee crisis to the tragedies in Kosovo and last year’s earthquake in Bam, Iran.
About Verifone, Inc.
Verifone, Inc., a global leader in secure electronic payment technologies, provides expertise, solutions and services for today with a migration strategy for tomorrow. Verifone delivers solutions that add value to the point of sale, resulting in improved merchant retention and the generation of new sources of revenue for its partners and customers. Verifone solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of vertical markets including financial, retail, petroleum, government and healthcare. Verifone has shipped over eleven million electronic payment systems since inception in 1981.