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BC: DEPARTED | GENBAND DAY | 1 JUN 2012 | Wrap Up GENBAND Day Hours: 5055 GENBAND Day Volunteers: 1011

1: GENBAND Day, which is June 1st of each year, is a Global Day of Service during which GENBAND's global employee base participates in volunteer activities benefiting non-profit agencies and organizations around the world. GENBAND team members from virtually every region of world dedicate volunteer hours during our Global Day of Service. At GENBAND we want to foster a year-round spirit of voluntarism, consistently contributing to our local communities. Our employees selected various charities because many of them have been involved with several of these organizations in the past, either as recipients of services or as volunteers. We also looked for charities that were "close to home", so we could give back to the communities that support and sustain us on a daily basis.

2: SYDNEY | AUSTRALIA | Sydney Harbor National Park This team spent a long day removing Asparagus fern, a noxious weed that was covering much of the bush land, using knives and saws. This made it easier for the native species to recover and regrow. The GENBAND team made such great progress that the National Parks Association (NPA) rangers had to retrieve several additional bags to haul away all the weeds. The NPA have indicated, because of the great work by the team, they may include a short article on GENBAND’s work in their quarterly magazine. After a long day’s work the team enjoyed lunch on the foreshores of Sydney Harbor. | GENBAND Day Summary: 88 Hours Volunteered; 16 Volunteers; GENBAND Donated $1000 to NPA | AUSTRALIA

4: GENBAND Day Summary: Hours Volunteered; 135 hours; 35 Volunteers Raised $200 worth of groceries for the Open Pantry | BILLERICA, MA | Open Pantry The Wish Project New Hampshire SPCA Lego Model Assembly Nashua Yard Cleanup 100 Mile Bike Ride | Lowell Sun Story

6: Abrigo Nosso Lar Orphanage “Nosso Lar” means ‘Our Home’ in English. It is an orphanage that provides shelter to more than 20 children that range in age from new born to 18 years old and were removed from their parents due to mistreatment and negligence. Mrs. Miriam coordinates the orphanage and volunteers. She organizes food, education, sports, and arts. She said they depend greatly on volunteers that can give their “GENEROSITY” in any form whether through goods, food, physical or financial support. This GENBAND team provided the orphanage with several of the items they need most. | BRAZIL

7: GENBAND Day Summary: 35 Hours Volunteered; 10 Volunteers; Donations of 15 packs of sanitary pads; 80 Kg of Sugar; 11 packs of towels

8: China | In Shanghai GENBAND employees volunteered at a local stray animal shelter. Employees celebrated the day by playing a few games of basketball and soccer.

9: GENBAND Day Kick-Off | GENBAND Day Summary: 80 Hours Volunteered 10 Volunteers 20 participated in kickoff event

10: Dubai | Special Needs | 1 JUN 2012

11: Special Needs Future Development Center The Special Needs Future Development Center is an institution for young adults with special needs, who require occupational and vocational training. The GENBAND team participated in a number of activities with the students including playing musical chairs and making balloon animals. The time spent playing games and bonding gave the students a sense of confidence and hopes to achieve their goals. | GENBAND Day Summary: 24 hours volunteered; 6 Volunteers

12: GENBAND Day Summary: 90 hours volunteered; 15 volunteers

13: Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds thousands of houses for families in need of a place to live. Despite the rain, this team was able to completely make-over the inside of a Habitat house. They painted walls, ceilings, window panes and more – all in less than five hours. | FLORIDA

14: International Kinderhaus/ Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association The International Kinderhaus, which is located in Frankfurt, is a daycare center for children ages 6-15. They encourage the kids to play, move, and learn in a variety of hands-on ways. The GENBAND team worked in and around the house conducting clean-up activities. The GENBAND team volunteering at the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association cleaned and painted the stables near Friedrichshafen, Germany so that children with special needs can continue to receive horseback riding therapy. | Germany

15: GENBAND Day Summary: 100 hours volunteered; 16 volunteers

16: Hong Kong | GENBAND Day Summary: 56 hours volunteered; 14 volunteers; raised $1200 for Ronald McDonald; donated 25 sets of towels to kids in Ronald McDonald House

17: Ronald McDonald House Ronald McDonald house provides a “home-away-from-home” for families who have sick children in the hospital. It allows families to be close to their loved ones through trying times. By cleaning these homes for the families, GENBAND’s Hong Kong team not only made their living conditions more comfortable, but also showed them that we care. The work of this team is crucial to the families living in Ronald McDonald Houses.

18: Ireland | Galway Hospice Volunteers participated in a walk to raise money for Galway Hospice. Michael Craig, Fundraising Manager at Galway Hospice said, “Without this type of support, the hospice service would struggle to deliver the care, comfort and dignity that families require at the most vulnerable time in their lives.” Both the Home Care and Day Care services are funded entirely by voluntary contributions. Events such as the sponsored walk by GENBAND are crucial to the ongoing free availability of Hospice services.

19: GENBAND Day Summary: 70 Hours Volunteered, 21 Volunteers, Raised a total of $3,473 GENBAND donated $1000

20: Israel | GENBAND Day Summary: 30 hours volunteered; 9 Volunteers

21: Yizpor Stream GENBAND’s Israel volunteers cleaned the Yizpor stream in the Gilboa Mountains. The Yizpor stream is an official trail marked by the Nature Protection Society of Israel. Many schools, children and tourists from all over the world come to visit and enjoy the stream. Volunteers collected litter and trash along the path of the trail. GENBAND’s Israel team actually started the tradition last year of cleaning area landmarks to make for a greener environment. During the inaugural Global Day of Service they cleaned a Mediterranean sea shore in south Israel.

22: Maidenhead UK | Bright Start Preschool Volunteers transformed Bright Start Preschool in Dedworth, England by completely restoring their playground with new grass, flowers and equipment. The School’s business development manager Sarah-Jane Dodd commented, "The result was “beyond their wildest dreams”! The school already has a follow-up project in mind and have asked the GENBAND Maidenhead team to come back to help again. The school also has regular ‘maintenance days’ on which volunteers help mend and tidy the site. the GENBAND team has responded as usual by offering to to help with these activities when volunteers are available. | Hours Volunteered 360 hours 45 Volunteers

24: MEXICO | Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887

25: CIAS Service Trip CAIS is an institution for children that have been suffering from violence at home. The GENBAND Mexico team volunteers spent the entire day with the children of CAIS, playing games and participating in various activities with them. | GENBAND Day Summary Hours Volunteered 210 hours 72 Volunteers

26: Ottawa | GENBAND Ottawa employees volunteered in multiple locations including *Silver Spring Garlic Farm (Weeding/Gardening the farm) *Ottawa Food Bank (Helping with Food Sales/Service @ Annual Food Aid BBQ) *Crystal Bay Center for Special Education (Outdoor grounds work & Gardening) *Ottawa Community Housing (Painting outdoor community structures) *Ottawa Humane Society (cleaning cages and outdoor grounds work) | GENBAND Day Summary 350+ hours 127 Volunteers Collected $1223 3 boxes of donations of food for the Ottawa Food Bank 6 different charity events

28: GENBAND employees based in the company’s Frisco and Plano offices spent the day volunteering at various organizations including the Dallas Zoo, Smiles Charity, Ronald McDonald House, Survivor Joe, Habitat for Humanity Plano, Frisco Family Services Food Pantry, Frisco Family Services Resale Shop, Hope Door Resale, Samaritan Inn, Children Medical Center, and Sci Tech Discovery Center. The Plano and Frisco team kicked off their Day of Service with a party at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, a local minor league baseball team stadium, where the employees raised $5,000 for Special Olympics Texas. The fun-filled day included a softball tournament, inflatables for the kids, a live band and movie on the field. | P L A N O F R I S C O T X | GENBAND Day Summary: 1187 Hours Volunteered ,257 Volunteers

30: Raleigh employees, who volunteered more than 800 hours of service on GENBAND Day, donated their time to 11 different volunteer activities. Volunteer activities included Ashboro Zoo grounds work, Raleigh Campus shed painting, Survivor Joe bracelet-making, Habitat for Humanity home-builds in Durham and Raleigh, assisting the Raleigh Food Bank, Hopes Reines stable and horse clean-up, Interfaith Food Shelter delivery of food and loading trucks, Carolina Predators clearing brush and vines, Teaming for Technology computer repair and clean-up. | Raleigh, NC. | GENBAND Day Summary 800 hours volunteered 184 Volunteers Dell and Emerson Network Power donations

32: Russia | RUSSIA | GENBAND Day Summary: 80 Hours Volunteered 10 Volunteers $750 raised for their budget

33: International Children Protection Day GENBAND hosted “sweets tables” for 151 kids for the International Children Protection Day celebration. GENBAND employees also visited with an orphanage that assists children with mental deficiencies. The GENBAND team catered food to the children of the organization.

34: France | GENBAND Day Summary 192 hours volunteered 24 employees

35: By working on this national holiday, GENBAND employees and the company pay extra social charges that the Government allocates towards helping the elderly and handicapped.

36: Japan | GENBAND’s Japan team worked with ECOCAP for their GENBAND Day Activity. ECOCAP was established in 2007 to promote resource recycling, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, and providing vaccines to children in developing countries, through the collection and sale of plastic bottle caps and donation of the sales profits for children's vaccines. This activity, in which anyone of any age can participate at the grassroots level, is expected to expand widely throughout Japan. | GENBAND Day Summary: 42 Hours Volunteered 14 Volunteers

38: Italy | GENBAND Employees helped a small country firm which employs only disabled people.

39: GENBAND employees worked with “Save the Children of Italy”. On GENBAND Day, volunteers had the privilege to support one of the Save the Children projects directly. The team spent the afternoon debugging PCs of one of Save the Children’s center for refugees, named Civico Zero. Many of the children have emigrated from Afghanistan or Africa with nothing and no one looking after them except for Save the Children. The children spend most of the day in these facilities learning photography or to play music, meeting with psychologists or lawyers, or simply having a shower and food - and more importantly staying off the streets. The children stand in line at the Internet station, to spend half an hour in communications with their relatives and friends thousands of miles away, maybe stuck in a war in a hostile country. The name of this place is Civico Zero, totally owned by Save. | GENBAND Day Summary 20 hours Volunteered 2 Volunteers in Italy 6 Volunteers in Milan

40: Spain | 1 JUN 2012 | GENBAND Day Summary 90 hours Volunteered 17 Volunteers

41: Angel Olaran's | Angel Olaran is a non-profit organization that provides relief activities in Ethiopia. GENBAND employees launched a local campaign to collect old phones and chargers. On June 1st GENBAND employees cleaned the collected phones, ensured they were working by running battery tests, packaged them so that they would survive shipment and finally, shipped them with a small GENerosity banner so that they can send us a photo back to confirm that the organization received the shipment. During the cell phone clean-up employees also held a Caritas Charity to collect money by selling deserts. | Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya_S_kp6x84&feature=plcp Time Lapse Video- http://youtube/E7AN4pSHG_M

42: South Africa GENBAND employees in South Africa spent the day at a crche or day care center run by MES, a local organization that provides social services for the underprivileged. The GENBAND team painted one of the classrooms in the crche and provided lunch for the kids and staff. | GENBAND Day Summary 57 hours volunteered 7 Volunteers Donations made by making hotdogs for 120 kids and served with juice Made Boerewors Rolls (South Africa's version of a hotdog) Provided a professional painter

44: Toronto | Our Toronto team supported the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and The City of Mississauga. The volunteers weren’t going to let the worst rain storm to hit Toronto in months dampen their efforts. A team of devoted volunteers braved the torrential down pour and cold winds blowing directly off the lake. With the CVC having recently performed a controlled burn of the land, the GENBAND team literally dug-in to plant 1200 wildflowers to help restore the land to its natural beauty. CVC and City of Mississauga representatives expressed surprise that anyone showed up in the inclement weather and were very appreciative of the tremendous effort from the GENBAND team in helping them to achieve their goals. One of the volunteers said, “It was great to hear the sound of laughter and see smiling faces as the team members crawled through the mud and finished the day looking like drowned rats!” Nothing stops GENBAND from giving back to the local community. | GENBAND Day Summary: 60 hours,11 Volunteers, Had 3 different charity activities: Credit Valley Conservation and The City of Mississauga, Vaughn Food Bank, and the Prairie Restoration Wildflower planting

46: Self Coordinated | GENBAND employees were encouraged to find volunteer activities of their choosing if they were not able to participate in one of the company-coordinated activities. GENBAND employees participated in more than 100 self-coordinated activities around the globe. The company will continue to tally self-coordinated activities throughout the year to reach our goal of 10,000 volunteer hours for the year. GENBAND Day brought in over 5,000 of the hours towards our year-end goal – so we’re more than half way there!

47: In St. Louis, MO. Jim Morrissey coordinated a day of volunteering at the St. Louis Area Food Bank. Jim’s goal is to help to educate the public about the problem of hunger in our communities. | Miguel Eduardo Martinelli Bernos spent the day at "La Alegria en el Senor," a school for physically disabled children in Lima, Peru. Miguel saw GENBAND Day as a chance to provide much-needed time and support to children who require assistance virtually every moment of the day. | 1034 Hours Volunteered, 118 Volunteers

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