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Orange relay race for Unicef - Five years of Orange Switzerland

    Lausanne (ots) - Orange Communications SA, Lausanne, celebrated its fifth birthday in Switzerland with a relay race in which 700 employees from all over Switzerland took part. Together, they covered a total distance of 1,120 kilometres, raising more than CHF 10,000 for Unicef in the process.

    This year, the Orange Group is celebrating a landmark birthday in fourteen countries. Ten years ago, the Orange brand was launched in the UK. Since then the company has become number one in many countries worldwide and now has around 50 million customers. In order to celebrate its rise to success, the Orange Group decided to organise a relay race in favour of Unicef in the fourteen countries concerned. The aim was to add up all the kilometres covered on foot by employees in all Orange countries. Every employee had to cover a distance of 1.6 kilometres. For every employee completing the run successfully, the Orange Group will donate EUR 10 or approximately CHF 15 to Unicef.

    To mark the fifth anniversary of its entry into the Swiss mobile telephony market, Orange therefore held a relay race in Bussigny, Lausanne, Biel and Zurich on 2nd July 2004. A total of 700 employees took part in the event and covered a distance of 1,120 kilometres. Orange Switzerland thus raised more than CHF 10,000 in favour of Unicef. This sum will be added to the funds raised by other countries and donated to Unicef. The Orange Group reckons on collecting a total of around CHF 500,000 to help support Unicef's education programmes.

    A huge thank you party for Orange employees

    Our employees have played a decisive role in the success of Orange Switzerland. That's why we've organised another special birthday celebration this year", announced Stefan Büschi, Vice President Human Resources. In past years, Orange has organised similar birthday parties for its staff, thereby creating an ideal opportunity for people to meet outside the everyday work environment.

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