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A good start for youngsters


XICHANG, Sichuan - On his second day back from a visit to AC Sunshine School, Magnus Gyllo sent an email to his fellow employees asking them how best to continue the company's support for the Josephine Charles Foundation and the AC Sunshine School.

Atlas Copco China - Atlas Copco Sunshine School

Magnus Gyllo (The fifth from the left of the first row), vice-president of Atlas Copco (China) Investment Co., Ltd., and Josephine Charles (to his right), founder of the Jo Charles Foundation, paid a visit to the AC Sunshine School they helped to found and brought the children new school bags.

The vice-president and six of his employee representatives spent a weekend in a small riverside village in Xichang, Sichuan province, where AC Sunshine School was built by the Josephine Charles Foundation with major donation from Gyllo's company Atlas Copco (China) Investment Co Ltd, in partnership with the Xichang education department.

AC Sunshine School is the only primary school in the remote Yi ethnic residential area of Mianning county, 450 kilometers south of Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province. It has 375 pupils.

"I'm happy I took my employees there with me, involving them in the charity program supported by our company. More importantly, I hope they can be truly impressed by the children here and be inspired to continue providing help to the foundation and school," said Gyllo.

"I suggested to our employees that we should form a small Atlas Copco China employee governance committee for the AC Sunshine school as a reference and discussion forum for our contacts with the school and the foundation and also to generate ideas as to how Atlas Copco could best support the needs of the school and the foundation in the future.

"Then we can make the support of the school and foundation sustainable. I got positive feedback from them."

AC Sunshine School has a unique story among the thousands of such charity schools in China.

"When the Sichuan earthquake happened in 2008, the employees of Atlas Copco China contributed 600,000 yuan ($92,308) in two weeks. And the company immediately doubled the number to make the donation 1.2 million yuan," said Gyllo.

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