WD to sponsor the education of 125 underprivileged kids for a year

India – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in hard drives, will once again support the cause of education for underprivileged kids in India through its association with the SMILE® Foundation, a national level development organization.

In a country with over 3 million homeless kids, the future of the country is in doubt along with the aspirations of these kids. To show support for these brave little souls and do its part for a better future, WD will sponsor the education for 125 such special children for a year. WD will launch this initiative as a part of the SMILE® Foundation’s annual ‘Ramp for Champs’ event to be held at ITC Grand Central in Mumbai on Sunday, February 17th, 2013. The event will see eminent people from various facets of society coming together for the cause of education of the less privileged and will walk the ramp with a special child. A number of well-known Bollywood celebrities including the likes of actress Kajol, author Chetan Bhagat, singer Mohit Chauhan, and fashion photographer Daboo Ratnani will be showing their support for the cause this year. WD’s Senior Sales Director for the region, Khwaja Saifuddin, will also attend the event to reinforce WD’s commitment to the cause.

Time and again WD has believed in showing solidarity for a worthy cause. Last year WD initiated a ‘Green Drive’ in association with Lucknow based NGO – JAAZ to mark the World Environment Day. Through the initiative, the company undertook to transform a piece of arid land in Malihabad, U.P., by planting hundreds of trees over a span of four weeks. WD extended the drive to major traffic signals in Delhi and NCR regions, with a group of volunteers handing out leaflets made of eco-friendly material with tips on conserving fuel. Later in the year on Diwali, WD had partnered with the SMILE foundation to help spread the festive cheer to underprivileged kids of about 300 families living in slums around Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi.

WD a well-known brand and a world leader in products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content, believes in giving back to the society and working towards a sustainable future.

 About WD 

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.

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