Matson employee match program raises more than $20,000 for Yutu relief

by Keoni Wagner

SAIPAN (January 18, 2019) – Matson announced today that it has matched $10,868 in employee cash donations to support relief efforts in Saipan and Tinian as a result of Super Typhoon Yutu, bringing the total donation to $21,736.

The donation is part of a pledge Matson announced in October for $125,000 in cash and in-kind support for Yutu relief in Saipan and Tinian. Matson set up a special donation drive and match program at the request of employees and was prompted by a generous donation from the crew of its vessel Manoa.

“Our employees on land and at sea wanted to personally donate to help their colleagues, friends and family in Saipan and Tinian recover from the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu as quickly as possible,” said Bernie Valencia, Matson vice president and general manager for Guam and Micronesia. “Matson’s matching donation was triggered by their generosity and drive.”

Vessel crews, departments, stations and individual employees contributed to the company fund drive, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross of the Northern Mariana Islands.

During a check presentation ceremony in Saipan on January 14, John Hirsch, Red Cross director said, “The people of the CNMI are definitely better off thanks to the generosity of Matson. Matson provided financial and logistical support to the Red Cross, enabling us to help Yutu disaster survivors. Recovery takes a community coming together and Matson is once again a leader in this effort.”

Matson continues to support The Ayuda Foundation by transporting needed equipment and supplies to Saipan. Matson provides a weekly service to Saipan aboard the Mana.

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