EastLink being recognized for commitment to raising awareness about the importance of blood donation by Canadian Blood Services



    HALIFAX, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - EastLink is being recognized by Canadian Blood
Services for its commitment to educating Maritimers about the importance of
donating blood and blood products. The award presentation will occur at
Canadian Blood Services eighth annual "Honouring Our Lifeblood" event being
held on September 17th on Parliament Hill.
    Committed to education and sharing stories about Maritimers, EastLink has
partnered with Canadian Blood Services since 2004 televising the annual donor
awards ceremonies ("Honouring Our Lifeblood") in Yarmouth, Halifax, New
Glasgow and Charlottetown as well as public service announcements, and sharing
stories of local donors and staff during interviews on its weekly program,
EastLink Magazine.
    EastLink also extended its support by hosting blood donor clinics in
Halifax for employees and members of the public in December 2005 and 2006 to
help kick off its annual EastLink Blood Donor Days campaign.
    Michael Smith, Director of EastLink Television will accept the award on
the company's behalf and said, "We are extremely pleased to be recognized by
Canadian Blood Services. We pride ourselves in bringing programming to our
subscribers that is of local interest, and also creates awareness of the
important contributions that organizations such as Canadian Blood Services
provide."
    "EastLink has not only helped us spread the word about the importance of
blood donation," said Peter MacDonald, Regional Director, Canadian Blood
Services, Atlantic, "but it has demonstrated its social responsibility, set a
good example and perhaps paved the way for other corporations to follow its
lead."
    EastLink Television focuses on stories and programs that highlight the
good things occurring in Maritime communities. Through partnerships with
non-profit groups and community organizations, EastLink Television is helping
to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Maritimers. For more
information on EastLink Television, please visit www.eastlink.ca/eltv/.

    About EastLink Television

    For over 30 years, EastLink Television has played an important role in
local television production and programming. EastLink Television provides a
voice to many community members and groups in support of a wide variety of
community-based initiatives. Each year, that voice generates over $2 million
in funding for many charitable causes. Each week, EastLink Television produces
approximately 1,300 hours of local programming throughout Nova Scotia and
Prince Edward Island. For more information about EastLink Television, visit
www.eastlink.ca/eltv/.




For further information:

For further information: Michael Smith, Director, EastLink Television,
(902) 431-3010, michael.smith@corp.eastlink.ca


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