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Toshiba names winner of its Helping the Helpers contest

MedWish International places first in Toshiba’s nationwide facebook vote

by Jennifer OckPublished: March 16, 2012 12:05 PM

Toshiba Corporation this week announced the grand prize winner of its Helping the Helpers Technology Makeover contest. The nationwide initiative aimed to help nonprofit charities become more efficient in their use of technology as it relates to their effectiveness toward their cause, awarding more than $200,000 in technology upgrades.

MedWish International of Cleveland, Ohio, won the grand prize, valued at $100,000 in technology upgrades, after placing first over four other finalists in a national vote that took place Feb. 13 through March 9 on the Toshiba For Good facebook page. The organization recycles safe, reusable medical supplies and equipment that are discarded by hospitals, medical centers, and medical device firms and redistributes these items to countries in need around the world.

The contest aimed to help U.S. nonprofit charities with $214,000 in technology prizes. MedWish and four other finalists were among nearly 150 U.S. nonprofit charities that submitted a 2-minute video to the Toshiba For Good facebook page explaining their goals and how their organization would benefit from the added technology that Toshiba offered as prizes.

Among the dozens of entries from all over the country and 10,000 facebook “likes,” Cleveland-based MedWish International’s video entry collected the most votes to win the grand prize worth more than $100,000.

MedWish will receive a donation of Toshiba products and services that includes new color multifunction copiers, desktop computers, laptops, televisions, camcorders, telephone systems and even energy-saving LED light bulbs to assist the organization in lowering its operating costs, simplify and condense operations, and conserve resources. Also part of the grand prize package is the award-winning Encompass fleet optimization program — an in-depth systems diagnosis program that will unveil hidden cost savings within any work environment.

Aiming to engage reputable nonprofit charity organizations with a valid 501(c) 3 status, Toshiba’s Helping the Helpers contest is part of Toshiba Corporation’s global corporate social responsibility commitment program that has donated more than $323 million over the past two years.

“Winning the grand prize of $100,000 in Toshiba technology represents a quantum leap forward for MedWish International. We'll be able to save more lives globally, while conserving more of our precious resources,” said Matthew Fieldman, MedWish International’s director of development. “We had voters from many of our recipient countries, including Ghana and Nigeria, where the same healthcare providers that received our medical supplies were enthusiastically voting for MedWish. We can't thank Toshiba enough for their support of our mission, as it will truly translate to better healthcare for people around the world.”

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