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Citi's Annual Global Community Day

Citi's 5th Annual 'Global Community Day'
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80 Citi Volunteers in Bahrain Join Colleagues in 93 Countries to Celebrate Citi’s 10th Annual Global Community Day
Annual Event Contributed More than Two Million Hours of Service Since Launch

Manama, Bahrain – Citi Bahrain celebrated the 10th annual Global Community Day on June 12th 2015 with more than 35 children from Tafaol Center for children with special needs and learning difficulties. The celebration also included the graduation of 4 of the center’s children with special needs who have completed the necessary studies to join another school along with other children. This falls under the umbrella of “Merging Children with Special Needs with Others” initiative that the center has been working on for a long time.

80 volunteers from Citi Bahrain, along with their family and friends, joined the children with special needs on the Magic Planet’s different rides and games at the Bahrain City Center. After the games, the employees’ children along with the Center’s children put their art skills to the test in a fun coloring activity.

A cake cutting ceremony was held for the 4 graduates who will join another school with other children to merge them together and help them feel as part of the society and lead a normal life.

“This is not just a day where we make a donation or extend a helping hand to others that are less fortunate. Global Community Day is an annual event for all of us, employees and their families, to be grateful for the blessings we have and realize how lucky we are. It is Citi’s policy to give back to the local community in every country we operate in, but it is only us volunteers that can truly make a difference in other people’s lives through participation in activities like this one”, commented Mazin Manna, Citi Bahrain’s Chief Executive Officer.

Osama Madbooly, Director of Tafaol Center thanked Citi Bahrain for its support in organizing the graduation ceremony and entertainment for the children of the center. “The private sector contributes positively and greatly to the initiative of merging children with special needs with others and this is clearly their right as normal citizens in the local community”, he added.

Citi celebrated its 10th annual Global Community Day, with more than 77,000 Citi volunteers in 487 cities spanning 93 countries and territories engaging in service activities to benefit their local communities. Citi colleagues, alumni, clients, family and friends worked side-by-side on more than 1,200 service projects ranging from urban revitalization to literacy and education, career readiness, environmental conservation and disaster relief.

Global Community Day offers a wide range of service opportunities that harness the enthusiasm and passion of our diverse employees, family and friends, and meet the pressing needs of our communities. Over the past ten years, volunteers have participated in more than 11,000 Global Community Day activities and contributed more than two million hours of service.

“As a company, we have shown that our commitment to the communities we serve includes giving our time and energy,” said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. “Global Community Day is now a decade-long tradition of Citi employees, friends and family working alongside community and non-profit partners to help improve our cities and neighborhoods.”

Supporters can learn more about Citi’s proud tradition of volunteerism and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by following #CitiVolunteers.

To learn more about Citi’s citizenship efforts across the globe and to review the 2014 Global Citizenship Report, visit http://citizenship.citigroup.com.

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