Funds raised support work of non-profit children's charities and school
OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The artistic rendition of a white sailing
ship on a deep blue ocean by then seven-year-old Ezra Peters of
Whitelaw (Alberta) is now on three million semi-postal stamps that will
help support the work of non-profit children's charities and school
programs across the country.
The new stamp issued today by Canada Post is available online and at all
post offices across the country. It is the result of last year's stamp
design competition that drew entries from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Budding artists 15 years old and under were invited to submit their
original artwork to raise awareness of issues faced by today's youth.
The stamp carries a 10-cent surcharge that will go directly to the work
of the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children. The Foundation
issues grants to support the work of non-profit children's charities
and school programs in every province and territory. The Foundation has
just distributed $1.5 million in grants, to more than 100 organizations
across Canada, the results of last year's fundraising efforts,
including stamp sales.
"We are pleased that through this fundraising stamp, we are able involve
talented, thoughtful young Canadians in helping other kids across the
country," says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. The
imagery was chosen by thousands of Canadians in an online vote.
Then 7 years old, Ezra Peters of Whitelaw, Alta., created a
plasticine-on-board sculpture of a white sailing ship on a deep blue
ocean, with a smiling green fish leaping from the water. It is a
metaphor for how children can stay on course with support and guidance.
About the stamp
Designed by Parable Communications, the stamp measures 24 mm x 36 mm and
has simulated perforation. This semi-postal stamp has a 10-cent
surcharge, with funds going directly to the work of the Canada Post
Community Foundation for Children. The stamp is printed by Lowe-Martin
on Tullis Russell paper using five-colour lithography. The stamp is
pressure sensitive and the Official First Day Cover will be cancelled
in Fairview, Alberta and features the entries from four other finalists
in the competition: Alexandria Swartz (Toronto), Daman Laking
(Smithville, Ont.), and sisters Sally and Lucie Wilkie (Port Williams,
N.S.). The stamp is available in booklets of 10. To purchase philatelic
products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.
About the Canada Post Community Foundation
The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children's vision is to help
ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and part of a community
that supports and cares for them. Its mission is to have a positive
effect in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves
by supporting registered charities, school programs or local
initiatives that benefit children. To learn more about the Foundation,
Image with caption: "Stamp design competition winner, Ezra Peters of Whitelaw (Alberta), poses with his creation now on three million semi-postal stamps that will help support the work of non-profit children's charities and school programs across the country. (CNW Group/Canada Post)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131001_C6147_PHOTO_EN_31550.jpg
SOURCE: Canada Post
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