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May 5, 2011


TUSTIN, Calif., May 5, 2011 – Community involvement is an important component of the effort to improve quality of life. In keeping with its commitment to the surrounding communities, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has donated bicycles to deserving children from the Coachella Valley, Calif., area through Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert’s Mobility Program.

“It is important to our organization to ensure that children throughout the community are afforded the freedom of mobility – something many of us take for granted,” said Doris Hemmer, board member for Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert. “Toshiba’s donation will be a wonderful gift to deserving children in our area.”

Variety’s Mobility Program, designed as a positive reinforcement program for disadvantaged children who show effort in school and practice good citizenship, awards 400 bikes to children annually. The recipients of each of the bikes donated by Toshiba were nominated by fourth-grade teachers from all three Coachella Valley school districts. In addition to receiving the bikes, Coachella Valley Serving People In Need (CVSPIN), sponsor of the Tour de Palm Springs, donated free registration to all recipients to ride in next year’s event.

In a presentation at Rancho Las Palmas Resort on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Toshiba awarded the bikes to several children on behalf of all student awardees. Representatives from both Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert and Tour de Palm Springs were present at the ceremony.

Toshiba employees worked in teams to assemble and decorate each of the children’s bikes, part of a team-building effort at the company’s annual National Kickoff Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

“Part of Toshiba’s mission is to ensure quality of life for all people, and that mission goes beyond the products we create and sell,” said Catherine Wolfe, senior director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Toshiba. “We are proud to partner with a charity that is focused on children and meeting their needs.”

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a worldwide leader in technology, electronic and electrical products, digital consumer products, electronic devices and components, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875 and today operates a global network of more than 742 companies with more than 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at