The Co-operators collecting clothes to support the Diabetes Association of Canada

GUELPH, ON, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Co-operators is once again lending its support to the Diabetes Association of Canada. From November 26 to December 8, 11 Co-operators offices across Canada will serve as drop-off points for donations of gently used clothing and shoes in support of the Diabetes Clothesline.

The Canadian Diabetes Association has an exclusive partnership with Value Village, where all donated items are sold, and 100 per cent of net proceeds of The Co-operators Clothesline campaign will directly benefit the Canadian Diabetes Association and support diabetes research, education and advocacy. In past campaigns, The Co-operators collected more than 4,600 pounds of clothing.

"The Co-operators promotes and encourages volunteerism, and prides itself on its involvement with the communities in which we work and live," said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. "That's why we're so pleased to once again team up with The Canadian Diabetes Association, and help make a difference in the lives of Canadians living with diabetes."

Diabetes is a debilitating, and sometimes fatal, disease wherein the body doesn't produce enough insulin, resulting in dangerous levels of glucose in the blood stream, causing damage to organs, blood vessels and nerves. Money raised through the Diabetes Clothesline will fund research for a cure, and help nine million Canadians living with diabetes lead healthier lives.

Bagged donations can be brought to the participating Co-operators offices below, during business hours.

New Brunswick:
10 Record Street, Moncton

Ontario:
130 Macdonell Street, Guelph
649 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph
291 King Street, London
7300 Warden Avenue, Suite 110, Markham
5600 Cancross Court, Mississagua
300-1270 Central Parkway West, Mississauga
641 Kingston Road, Pickering

Manitoba:
84 Terracon Place, Winnipeg

Alberta:
5550 1 Street SW, Calgary

British Columbia:
105-22971 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Help Canadians in your community this winter by donating to The Co-operators Diabetes Clothesline campaign.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $36 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada and Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. As a proud member and supporter of the co-operative sector, The Co-operators is pleased to celebrate 2012: The International Year of Co-operatives. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.

SOURCE: The Co-operators

For further information:

Leonard Sharman
The Co-operators
519-767-3937