Manitoba Government provides matching funds for CanWest Raise-a-Reader



    WINNIPEG, March 6 /CNW/ - CanWest Raise-a-Reader in partnership with the
Winnipeg Free Press is pleased to announce $22,000 of provincial funds
directed to the CanWest Raise-a-Reader campaign in Manitoba.
    This monetary gift follows the initiative of three other provinces
matching CanWest Raise-a-Reader funds raised in British Columbia, Prince
Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Through the support of Premier Gordon Campbell,
the B.C. government has matched funds raised by Raise-a-Reader in both
Vancouver and Victoria over the past 3 years, totaling $2 million.
    "This marks another milestone for Raise-a-Reader and for so many
communities throughout Manitoba," said Leonard Asper, President and CEO,
CanWest Global Communications Corp. "We have invited all provincial
governments to assist in this effort and recognize the value of continuously
building a more literate society across Canada. On behalf of the Winnipeg Free
Press and CanWest, we proudly acknowledge Premier Gary Doer, the Honorable
Diane McGifford, Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy and the Manitoba
government for this valuable contribution."
    "Literacy and a love of learning is our first building block of a better
community, and the means through which every citizen can realize their full
potential. This is the fundamental idea behind this government's commitment to
making education the foundation of economic development," said Premier Gary
Doer.
    100% of these funds, along with the $90,000 raised in Manitoba will go
directly to local literacy and educational programs. Since its national launch
in 2002, the CanWest Raise-a-Reader program has raised more than $315,000 in
Manitoba and $7.5 million across Canada.
    CanWest Raise-a-Reader funds reach numerous Manitoba literacy
beneficiaries through established programs such as the Literacy Partners of
Manitoba, CNIB, International Centre, Literacy Works Inc., Winnipeg
Foundation's Literacy for Life Fund, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Winnipeg, Native Women's Transition Centre, Alpha House, Osborne House and the
Millennium Library to name a few.
    CanWest Raise-a-Reader is a year-round fundraising initiative spearheaded
by CanWest Global Communications Corp. and partner newspaper properties in
nineteen cities across Canada, all participating on the annual CanWest
Raise-a-Reader Day, Wednesday, October 3, 2007.
    For more information on CanWest Raise-a-Reader or to make a donation,
please visit www.raiseareader.com.

    CanWest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwestglobal.com), an
international media company listed on the TSX (trading symbols: CGS and CGS.A)
and NYSE (trading symbol: CWG), is Canada's largest media company. CanWest is
Canada's largest publisher of daily newspapers, and owns, operates and/or
holds substantial interests in free-to-air and subscription-based television
networks, out-of-home advertising, web sites, and radio stations and networks
in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, the
United States and the United Kingdom.




For further information:

For further information: Bruce Leslie, Vice President, Community &
Public Relations, CanWest Global Communications Corp., bleslie@canwest.com,
Telephone: (204) 956-2025, Fax: (204) 947-9841

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