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Lilly Celebrates National Volunteer Week with Deployment of Global Service Teams

  Lilly Celebrates National Volunteer Week with Deployment of Global Service

Employees will serve in communities in need, including Johannesburg, South
Africa, where they will support Lilly's diabetes partnership with Project HOPE

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, April 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY)
celebrated National Volunteer Week April 21-27 by sending off the first of 200
volunteers who will serve in impoverished communities throughout 2013. They
are part of Connecting Hearts Abroad, Lilly's global employee volunteer
program launched in 2011. Volunteer teams departed this week for Lima, Peru,
and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Through Connecting Hearts Abroad, Lilly has sent more than 400 employees from
its operations worldwide on two-week service assignments in communities
throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America – communities that
often lack access to basic resources such as clean water, medical care, or
quality education. Since the program began, Lilly employees have devoted
nearly 24,000 hours of service to helping children, families, the elderly, and
communities in need.  

In 2013, about 200 Lilly employees from 45 countries will volunteer in
impoverished communities in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India,
Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand.

"One of our goals with Connecting Hearts Abroad is to give our employees an
opportunity to view the world through a different lens and bring their
talents, energy, passion, and compassion to serve people around the world,"
said Bart Peterson, Lilly senior vice president of corporate affairs and
communications. "As we think about the kind of company we want to be over the
next several decades, Connecting Hearts Abroad gives our employees—and Lilly—a
clearer view of the world, which can only make us a better company."

Peterson traveled to Lima, Peru, last year with Lilly volunteers and leaders
from Cross-Cultural Solutions, the company's primary partner for Connecting
Hearts Abroad. Their experiences and perspectives are captured in a 15-minute,
documentary-style video and a two-minute video with leaders from both

Marking new milestone: Lilly volunteers support diabetes partnership 
For the first time, a team of Connecting Hearts Abroad employee volunteers
will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2013 to work with Project
HOPE through The Lilly NCD Partnership.

Launched in 2011, The Lilly NCD Partnership is a unique collaboration with
some of the world's leading health organizations to find new solutions to
fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases, which include diabetes,
cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory diseases. Lilly and
its partners specifically are focused on finding comprehensive new solutions
for diabetes in low-income communities in South Africa, Brazil, India, and
Mexico. The goal of the partnership is to research new approaches, report on
what works and what doesn't, and advocate for the replication of the best
solutions in other communities and countries.

Ten Lilly volunteers in South Africa will apply specific skills and expertise
to support the work of the HOPE Centre in Zandspruit, South Africa, an
extremely impoverished area on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The HOPE Centre
provides treatment and care to local residents and strives to inform, educate,
and empower the community about health issues, especially diabetes and

At the HOPE Centre, the team of Lilly volunteers—which includes medical
doctors, pharmacists, diabetes educators, and communication specialists—will
help conduct community screenings, work with the clinic support team to
improve pharmacy and lab operating procedures, develop information sheets to
help improve patient understanding and medication compliance, and support
nutrition education and peer educator training. Upon returning from their
service assignments, Lilly volunteers with Connecting Hearts Abroad share
their experiences and insights with colleagues through town halls, team
meetings, blogs, and video. The goal is to help employees gain a deeper global
perspective and spark new ideas and ways of thinking about patients,
ultimately making Lilly a better company.

Learn more about Connecting Hearts Abroad and The Lilly NCD Partnership

  o Video: A day in the life of Connecting Hearts Abroad volunteers (Lilly
    volunteers in Lima, Peru).
  o Video: A partnership that works (insights from Lilly and Cross-Cultural
    Solutions leaders).
  o Video: Learn about the goals of The Lilly NCD Partnership and Lilly's
    commitment in the global fight against non-communicable diseases.

About Eli Lilly and Company 
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers —
through medicines and information — for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at CR-LLY

Refer to: (317) 489-7109, (David Marbaugh)

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