18 September 2006

As part of the continuous contribution offered through various projects targeting people in need in Albania, Vodafone Albania in cooperation with the National Association of Orphans started on 18 September a tour in different cities of the country, to be again together with orphan children.
The tour has started with Shkodra, where the General Director of Vodafone Albania, Mr. Thomas Papaspyrou together with the Speaker of the Assembly of Albania, Mrs. Jozefina Topalli, Minister of Integration, Mrs. Arenca Trashani, as well as other representatives from Vodafone Albania, local government and National Association of Orphans, have met with the children of the Orphanage of Shkodra to congratulate them on the new academic year and have donated various school items, produced especially for these children. The tour has afterwards stopped at the Orphanage of Tirana, “Zyber Hallulli”, where at the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the children have experienced a different beginning of the new academic year. 
The three-day-tour around Albania will also stop in other cities and towns of the country - Rrëshen, Durrës, Kavaja, Lushnja, Berat, Fier, Vlora, Saranda, Gjirokastra, Përmet, Korça, Librazhd, Burrel, Kukës, Dibër, Tropojë – where Vodafone Albania employees that have volunteered to be part of this initiative will meet with around a thousand orphan children, beneficiaries of this project.
Since the beginning of its operation in Albania, Vodafone Albania has become the main partner of many projects helping the communities in need, particularly children with special needs. A very important part of this contribution has been the support provided for education, as one of the priority fields of Vodafone’s social investment. This project not only is a follow up of many others in this field but will also be passed on in the future to other projects on education.
"The last time we met with these children was in December, when we celebrated together Christmas and the New Year. At that time we promised to come back and here we are, again together to give our contribution, which we consider as crucial. We hope that our humanitarian initiatives generate further awareness among business community about our social responsibilities towards communities in need" - said Mr. Thomas Papaspyrou, General Director of Vodafone Albania.

For further information please contact:

Marjola Xhelili
069 222 33 22
Albi Greva
069 222 33 00