Air Canada Kids' Horizons and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority launch donation canister campaign to benefit Children's Miracle Network



    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - On Monday, Sept. 15, Air Canada and the Greater
Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) unveil a pioneer initiative to raise
much-needed funds for Children's Miracle Network hospitals across Canada - the
Globe Donation Canisters campaign.
    Through Kids' Horizons, its community investments program, Air Canada is
continually looking at new ways to increase awareness and support to children.
"The collection globes were a natural extension of our current "Every Bit
Counts" program. By locating these globes prominently at our largest hub, we
make it easy for people to donate change to the program and learn more about
how their efforts go towards improving children's health," said Micheline
Villeneuve, Kids' Horizons Manager.
    "The GTAA is pleased to be able to partner with Air Canada Kids' Horizons
and Children's Miracle Network to help bring this arrangement to the next
level," said Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the GTAA. "Playing a small
part in helping to bring health and happiness to kids is something that we are
very proud to be involved in."
    Children's Miracle Network and its member hospitals are grateful to Air
Canada (a longstanding sponsor since 1994), to the Greater Toronto Airports
Authority, and to their respective employees for selecting Children's Miracle
Network and children's hospitals as the recipients of this generous gift. "We
are absolutely thrilled about the Globe Donation Canisters campaign," says
John Hartman, Chief International Officer for Children's Miracle Network. "On
behalf of our member hospitals and foundations, we thank Air Canada for their
continued commitment to find new ways to engage individual donors and raise
much-needed funds for sick children across the country." Each of the 14
Children's Miracle Network hospitals will determine how the funds will be
allocated to best serve children in their communities.
    In Canada, the children's hospitals/foundations receiving funding from
Children's Miracle Network are: BC Children's Hospital Foundation in
Vancouver; Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in Calgary; Stollery
Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton; Children's Health and Hospital
Foundation of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon; The Children's Hospital Foundation of
Manitoba in Winnipeg; SickKids Foundation in Toronto; Children's Health
Foundation in London; McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton; Children's
Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation in Ottawa; Operation Enfant Soleil (St.
Justine's Children's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Centre
hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ)); IWK Health Centre in Halifax; and
Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation in St. John's.

    About Children's Miracle Network

    Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization
dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for
children's hospitals and health foundations across North America. Each year,
the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada,
provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative
education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every
kind.
    Through its year-round efforts to help kids, Children's Miracle Network
has raised more than $3.4 billion to date, most of which is donated a dollar
or two at a time by caring individuals across North America. In 2007,
Children's Miracle Network raised more than $42.5 million for the 14 Canadian
member children's hospitals/foundations and the 2.6 million children they
treated.





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