Get smart, give smart: TELUS supports Atlantic Canada Boys and Girls Clubs with new Smartphone donation campaign



    
    From April 1 to June 30, a portion of Smartphone sales supports Atlantic
    Canada kids
    

    HALIFAX, April 1 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced its further commitment to
helping at-risk youth across the Atlantic Canada provinces with a new campaign
to raise money for the 31 Boys and Girls Clubs in Atlantic Canada.
    From April 1 to June 30, TELUS will donate $25 from the sale of every
Smartphone sold in Atlantic Canada to the local chapters of Boys and Girls
Clubs of Canada.
    "Each community faces different needs with regards to youth, so this
channeled regional support from TELUS is really going to make a difference for
our programs and the youth we serve in Atlantic Canada," said Pam Jolliffe,
President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "With the help of TELUS and
their customers we can extend the reach of the hands we lend to youth dealing
with issues like abuse, addiction, poverty, teen pregnancy. "
    "Our 'get smart, give smart' campaign is a wonderful opportunity for
TELUS and our customers to give where we live by supporting an important cause
in Atlantic Canada," said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, TELUS. "The
Boys and Girls Clubs in Atlantic Canada are making tremendous strides in
reaching out to at-risk children and youth through healthy physical, education
and social development programs that are tailored to meet the specific needs
of each community."
    Boys and Girls Clubs in Atlantic Canada offer children, from pre-school
to young adulthood, a safe place to channel their energies into positive,
challenging activities that encourage personal growth, learning, community
involvement and healthy living. The Clubs provide services to young people and
families in high-need communities where many children are considered to be
at-risk.
    Today's announcement follows on the heels of yesterday's inauguration of
the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board which will donate $300,000 to local
charitable organizations in Atlantic Canada this year.
    TELUS expects to contribute more than $700,000 to Atlantic Canada
communities this year, through various local community investment initiatives
including the new community board.
    The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board is part of a national
philanthropic program that includes eight other TELUS community boards across
Canada. Since their inception in 2005, the TELUS Community Boards have
allocated $16.9 million to local charities, supporting 1,205 community
projects.

    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 6.1 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 $135 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.

    About Boys and Girls Clubs

    Boys and Girls Clubs in Atlantic Canada exist to support the healthy
physical, educational and social development of thousands of young people and
their families each year. Clubs offer opportunities to gain healthy
behaviours, academic success, technology learning, life and leadership skills,
and more, after-school and at other times when children are not in school.
Many Clubs also provide nutritious snacks and meals, emergency shelter, family
support programs and other supports to children, youth and families at risk.
The Atlantic Clubs are members of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, a national
movement of Clubs with 700 community locations, currently serving 200,000
children and youth. Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians to
discover, develop and achieve their potential, for over 100 years. To learn
more, visit www.bgccan.com.

    
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For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Stephanie
Simonsen, Regional Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Nova Scotia, (902)
895-0358, sabs@tru.eastlink.ca; Chris Gerritsen, TELUS Media Relations, (403)
808-9591, Chris.Gerritsen@telus.com

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