In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China over the weekend, Apple has announced its donation of 50 million RMB or approximately $8 million to affected victims.
In addition to the donation, Apple has also updated the front page of its Chinese website to express its condolences and to offer schools in the area new Apple devices. Tech In Asia has a translation of the message:
“At this difficult time, our hearts are with the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Aside from the cash donation to help the affected people to tide over their difficulties, we are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area, and Apple employees in the locality are on stand-by at any time to help.”
This is not an unusual gesture on the part of the Cupertino firm, as is has donated relief money to victims of previous tragedies numerous times.
The earthquake, measuring between 6.6 and 7.0, struck the city of Ya’an in the Sichuan province on Saturday, resulting in hundreds of casualties and massive destruction.