LCBO stores raise funds for Canadian Diabetes Association



    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Starting October 1, the public can make
donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association at over 600 LCBO stores
throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for the Association will be displayed at
LCBO checkout counters until October 31.
    Diabetes is an epidemic in Canada today. In Ontario alone, over 900,000
individuals have diabetes and this number is expected to increase to
1.2 million by 2010. Chances are you know someone with diabetes. By
contributing to the LCBO coin box program this October, you'll be helping to
fund diabetes research, education, service and advocacy.
    "We thank the LCBO, its employees and customers for providing this
opportunity. The LCBO's province-wide store network is a very effective way
for us to raise awareness and funds for the Association," says Gary O'Connor,
Executive Director, Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association.
    "We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Diabetes Association," says
LCBO Chair Philip J. Olsson. "LCBO's customers have always responded
generously to worthy causes, and we thank the Association for providing a
positive change in so many people's lives."
    The Canadian Diabetes Association is one of 26 provincial and numerous
local charities that will benefit from the LCBO's province-wide donation box
program in 2008. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised annually through
LCBO's in-store donation box program. In addition, LCBO's annual dividend
transfer to the Ontario government, which totaled $1.275 billion in fiscal
2006-07, excluding taxes, supports a wide range of important government
programs, services and priorities, including healthcare and education.
    The Canadian Diabetes Association thanks the public for its support when
shopping at their local LCBO store during the month of October.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard. To learn more, visit diabetes.ca or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).





For further information:

For further information: Randi Garcha, Associate, Marketing &
Communications, Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association, Tel: (416) 408-7207,
Fax: (416) 363-0196, randi.garcha@diabetes.ca; Jacqueline Waldorf, Senior
Communications Consultant, LCBO Corporate Communications, Tel: (416) 864-6875,
Fax: (416) 864-6850, jacqueline.waldorf@lcbo.com

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