Celebrate Earth Day year-round by donating to the Canadian Diabetes Association's environmental programs



    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - Annually, Earth Day falls officially on
April 22. But why not recognize Earth Day everyday? The Canadian Diabetes
Association's environmental programs allow individuals to contribute to a
greener planet year-round. The Association operates and participates in a
number of programs that divert hundreds of kilograms of items from landfills
across the country each year to raise funds for a disease that affects over
two million Canadians.

    Clothesline(R)

    Clothesline(R) has been operating across Canada for over 21 years and
allows individuals to donate their reusable clothing and household items.
Donors can arrange for a free pick-up by calling 1-800-505-5525 or donate
clothing items to the program's red drop boxes located in communities
throughout Canada. In 2006, over 47 million kilograms of clothing, household
items and furniture was diverted from landfills through Clothesline(R).
    "With the spring cleaning season here, help us reach a goal of collecting
one million kilograms of clothing nationally. Donating clothing to
Clothesline(R) is a simple way to help further the Association's mission with
the added bonus of protecting the environment," says Barbara Steinhoff,
Director of Business Development, Canadian Diabetes Association.

    Diabetes Recycle Ink.

    Diabetes Recycle Ink. allows individuals to donate their empty inkjet and
laser/toner printer cartridges, which will either be reused or recycled.
Corporations, local businesses, schools and community groups can become
Program Partners or Collection Site Sponsors. In 2006, the Association
diverted over 40,000 printer cartridges and over 180,000 lbs of potentially
harmful waste from landfills across Canada. To learn more about qualifying
cartridges, minimum collection levels and arrange for a free pick-up call
1-800-338-2274 (Ext. 277).

    Project Redial(TM)

    Project Redial(TM) offers Canadians a convenient way to donate their
unwanted cell phones and PDA's. Donated phones are sent to "emerging and
developing" countries where there are few or no land lines; provided to
shelters for abused adults and children; and provided to medical patients who
are awaiting organ transplants.
    To participate, individuals can donate their cell phones/PDA's when
arranging for another Association program pick-up or drop off the phones at
their nearest Canadian Diabetes Association office or Value Village store.
Since the launch of the program in April 2006, the Association has diverted
over 12,500 cell phone handsets from landfills. To learn more about donating
your cell phones/PDA's, call 1-800-505-5525.
    "With individuals more conscious of the impact that waste has on our
environment, our e-waste programs allow individuals to divert harmful
electronic waste from our nation's landfills," added Steinhoff.

    Participation in Car Heaven

    Car Heaven is an initiative of the Clean Air Foundation to take higher
polluting vehicles off the road. Presently, the Canadian Diabetes Association
benefits from the Car Heaven program in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario,
Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. To date, over 50,000 vehicles have been
responsibly recycled through Car Heaven.
    Donor forms, program details and provincial contact numbers can be
obtained by visiting www.carheaven.ca.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works to prevent diabetes and improve
the quality of life for those affected, through research, education, service
and advocacy. With a presence in more than 150 communities, the Canadian
Diabetes Association's strong network of assistance includes volunteers,
employees, healthcare professionals and partners. www.diabetes.ca





For further information:

For further information: Randi Garcha, Associate, Marketing &
Communications, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7113,
randi.garcha@diabetes.ca

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