Donated backpacks of school supplies ease back-to-school strain for youngsters in need

TELUS gives 300 school bags filled with supplies to the Education Foundation of Ottawa

OTTAWA, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Nearly 300 students in Ottawa received a nice surprise in time for the new school year - a backpack filled with basic school supplies they likely would not be able to afford. Earlier this summer, TELUS Community Ambassadors in Ottawa gave school bags filled with supplies to the Education Foundation of Ottawa, which is distributing them to children in need. Across Canada, nearly 9,500 students will receive a kit this fall, thanks to the TELUS "Kits for Kids" program.

"September can mean significant back-to-school expenses. These can pose a real challenge for some families," said Jane Fulton, executive director of the Education Foundation of Ottawa. "TELUS and its Community Ambassadors are helping students start their school year equipped, motivated and confident - factors that contribute to success in school."

This year, a dozen TELUS Community Ambassadors in Ottawa rolled up their sleeves and prepared the 300 school bags for the young students, filling them with the necessary school supplies for each grade: pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, loose leaf paper, scissors, erasers, pencil cases, rulers, and much more. This initiative was part of the TELUS Day of Giving, an annual event during which TELUS team members from across Canada donate their time and help local organizations.

"Going to school in September is a challenging time for many young people. They don't need the added strain of not being able to afford the basic school supplies all their friends have, not to mention the impact that can have on their ability to learn and grow. They deserve the same chance as every other student, and we're determined to provide it for them," said Jill Schnarr, TELUS vice-president Community Affairs. "TELUS' Community Ambassadors are volunteers who are passionate about TELUS' 'we give where we live' philosophy, and this work of equipping kids for school has been an integral part of the TELUS Community Ambassador tradition for many years."

Every year, TELUS Ambassadors provide volunteer services at community events and support dozens of philanthropic programs and initiatives. In 2010, they distributed more than 8,000 school bags to kids in need and nearly 10,000 comfort kits containing personal hygiene items to the homeless. The Ottawa Community Ambassador club was formed in 2010 and is comprised of 55 TELUS employees and retirees.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.1 billion of annual revenue and 12.4 million customer connections including 7.1 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 400,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

SOURCE TELUS Corporation

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