Fundraising activities promise to make 2009 TELUS World Skins Game a success in the community and on the golf course



    
    $21,000 already raised for Opération Enfant Soleil via online charity
    auctions, more to come
    

    QUEBEC CITY, June 8 /CNW/ - Each year, the TELUS Skins Game offers
Canadian golf fans the chance to get up close and personal with their
favourite professional golfers. This year, lucky fans will get even closer to
the action thanks to six different charity auctions offering
once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as the chance to play in a Pro-Am
tournament on June 21st and the unique opportunity to serve as the personal
caddie for Fred Couples, Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter or Mike
Weir during the TELUS World Skins Game taking place at La Tempête Golf Club in
Lévis, Québec on June 22nd and 23rd. Conducted in May, the auctions have
already raised $21,000 for the event's charitable partner, Opération Enfant
Soleil, an organization that invests in the development of quality pediatric
care in Québec.
    "As an active partner of Opération Enfant Soleil for the past ten years,
TELUS is delighted to see both the community and the PGA golfers embrace the
important cause of quality care for our children," said Jean-François
St-Germain, vice-president of Public and Parapublic markets at TELUS Québec.
"We look forward to raising even more money for the kids during the event in
June. I'd like nothing more than to see Opération Enfant Soleil receive $1
million because one of the pros hit a hole-in-one!"
    Funds raised at the 2009 TELUS World Skins Game will improve the quality
of life for thousands of sick kids for years to come by supporting Opération
Enfant Soleil. The charity will use the money to equip the Centre hospitalier
universitaire de Québec's Centre mère-enfant's surgical unit with the latest
in multimedia technology to facilitate complex pediatric heart surgeries. The
new system's extensive connectivity will enable real-time participation in
surgeries from any location, thereby improving education opportunities and
providing quick access to specialists, all of which will increase the success
rate of the procedures.
    "Thanks to their financial contributions and the direct involvement of
partners like TELUS, premature babies receive high-quality care in their own
regions, and children suffering from serious illnesses, such as cancer,
benefit from the best technologies and treatments available, in major
pediatric centres funded by our organization," said Ginette Charest, executive
director of Opération Enfant Soleil.
    In addition to the charity auctions, TELUS and the five participating
players will have the opportunity to raise funds through the "Charity on the
Course" program which includes a "Million Dollar Hole" where Opération Enfant
Soleil will receive $1 million if any of the five players hits a hole-in-one
on a designated Par 3 on both the front and back nines. TELUS will also donate
$2,000 for each birdie made, $3,000 for each eagle, and on a designated hole
each day, it will donate $1 for each yard off the tee that the famous golfing
fivesome accumulates.
    "I'm looking forward to returning to Québec in two weeks for the TELUS
World Skins Game, and appreciate the fact that the event has such a meaningful
impact in the community," said Mike Weir, who will be playing in his seventh
TELUS Skins Game this year. "It's already fun for the players, getting to
visit some of Canada's most beautiful cities and golf courses, and playing in
front of the fans, but it makes it even more special when you know that those
two days will leave such a valuable legacy."
    The TELUS World Skins Game will be visiting Québec City for the first
time in the event's history later this month and golf fans in the province
have shown that they share the same excitement as the 2009 tournament promises
to be one of the most successful yet.
    Tickets for the internationally-themed event, which features five of the
biggest names in golf each representing a different country, sold out in just
under an hour, making it the second-fastest sell out in TELUS Skins Game
history, behind the 2000 event at Predator Ridge in Vernon, British Columbia,
which sold out in 20 minutes. The event has already also seen a record number
of corporate hospitality suites sold, topping the previous tournament best in
Banff, Alberta.
    "Golf has always been tremendously popular in Québec, and we knew that
the Québec City region would be a first-class host to the event, but the
response has been greater than even we could have imagined," said Brad
Pelletier, senior vice president and managing director of IMG Canada, owner of
the TELUS Skins Game. "Everyone involved in the 2009 TELUS World Skins Game
looks forward to what we think will rank as one of the most successful
tournaments in its 17-year history."
    Owned and operated by IMG in Canada, the TELUS World Skins Game has
included many of the biggest names in the game including Jack Nicklaus, Sergio
Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Greg Norman.
    The TELUS World Skins Game is also sponsored by Audi, Desjardins,
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka, Québec City Tourism,
Québec Tourism and Samsung.

    About IMG

    Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse
businesses include: consulting services; event ownership and management;
fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and
client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European
football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports.
IMG Academies are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational
facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000
junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million
customer connections including 6.2 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. 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 have contributed $137 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community
Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more
information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.





For further information:

For further information: Dave Haggith, IMG, Tel: (416) 960-5312 ext.
120, E-mail: dave.haggith@imgworld.com; Stacey Masson, TELUS, Tel: (514)
977-8766, E-mail: stacey.masson@telus.com

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