TELUS announces $1.2 million multi-year partnership with JDRF
VANCOUVER, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
and TELUS today announced a three-year, $1.2 million partnership to fund
Canadian-based research programs seeking a cure for juvenile (Type 1)
diabetes. The announcement was made at a special event at Vancouver's West
Point Grey Academy school with more than 900 kids and Canadian Idol winner
Brian Melo in attendance.
TELUS also announced its national title-sponsorship over the next three
years for JDRF's primary fundraising event - the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes.
"With partners like TELUS, we will find a cure for this devastating
disease," said Todd Millar, JDRF president and CEO. "We sincerely thank TELUS
for joining us in our mission to find a cure for diabetes and its
complications. As the national title-sponsor of the TELUS Walk to Cure
Diabetes, we look forward to their support in raising awareness and
significant funds for research."
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own
insulin producing cells. The potentially devastating impact of Type 1 diabetes
on the body is clear, but scientists do not fully understand the underlying
causes. The good news is that JDRF is currently conducting 29 clinical trials
which may lead to new treatment options so children with Type 1 diabetes can
live long and healthy lives.
"Juvenile diabetes is a chronic disease for which there is no cure at
this point," said Joe Grech, TELUS executive vice-president Network
Operations. "TELUS is committed to improving the lives of Canadians where we
live and work, in this case by supporting the vital research programs at
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We're proud to partner with JDRF, and
share their commitment to finding a cure so that kids affected with Type 1
diabetes can get back to being kids."
This partnership with JDRF reflects TELUS' commitment "to give where we
live." The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, JDRF's primary fundraising event,
attracts more than 45,000 Canadians every year who participate in 27 centres
across the country. The 2008 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes events will take
place on May 25, June 1 and June 8. Last year, $6.1 million was raised to help
JDRF fund research programs. The goal for this year's TELUS Walk to Cure
Diabetes is $6.9 million.
Today's partnership announcement also featured a performance from
recently crowned Canadian Idol Brian Melo. The event helped to kick off TELUS
Presents Brian, Jaydee and Carly Rae: The Tour featuring Melo and runners-up
Mission's own Carly Rae Jepsen and Alberta hearthrob Jaydee Bixby. A portion
of the proceeds from a special tour merchandise item will go to JDRF.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading charitable funder
and advocate of Type 1 diabetes research worldwide. JDRF was founded in 1974
by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes - a disease which strikes
children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life, and carries the
constant threat of devastating complications. JDRF's mission is constant: to
find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of
research. In 2008, more than 45,000 Canadians will participate in the TELUS
Walk to Cure Diabetes. Since its inception, this event has raised close to
$50 million for diabetes research. For more information, visit JDRF's website
at www.jdrf.ca or call 1-877-CURE-533.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.9 billion of annual revenue and 10.9 million
customer connections including 5.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Anjie
Dietrich, National Manager, Corporate Relations, Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, Toll Free: 1-877-CURE-533 ext. 4628, (905) 944-4628,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Shawn Hall, TELUS Media Relations, (604) 697-8176,