Sears Canada Employees Donate Almost $600,000 to Charitable Causes Across Canada



    
    Employee charitable donations in 2008 represent a generous increase over
    2007 results
    

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Thousands of Sears Canada employees helped to
improve the quality of life in their communities by contributing $596,000
through payroll deductions to 23 registered charities across Canada in 2008.
    "Sears associates continue to demonstrate a generous spirit when it comes
to charitable fund raising," said Dene Rogers, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Sears Canada Inc. "We are especially proud of our associate
contributions in 2008 which increased 23% over the prior year. I want to
express my gratitude to our associates and to the Sears Employee Charitable
Fund Committee, made up of volunteer associates, who helped organize events
and activities to maximize donations over the course of the year."
    The Sears Employee Charitable Fund (SECF), a registered charity
established in 1972, helps raise funds 365-days a year for a variety of causes
that are close to Sears associates' hearts. Thousands of associates in stores,
distribution facilities, call centres, headquarters and other administrative
buildings participate in the Company's payroll deduction program. Sears Canada
supports the SECF's administration costs in order to ensure that 100 per cent
of the donations go directly to the charities.
    "From coast to coast, Sears Canada associates enthusiastically supported
the Sears Employee Charitable Fund last year," said Pat Pagniello, Chair of
the Sears Employee Charitable Fund Committee. "Through payroll deductions,
Sears employees have once again given generously to causes that make a
difference in the communities where they live and work, and this is made even
more meaningful considering the downturn in the economy late in the year and
its direct impact to the family pocketbook."
    Some of the charities that benefitted from funds raised through the SECF
in 2008 include the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart & Stroke Foundation,
and the Salvation Army. Monies are directed to fund research and/or support
the local initiatives of the given charity.
    Sears Canada, an Imagine Caring Company, works with more than 300 local
charitable organizations across Canada and has several national level
partnerships. Through Sears In Your Community, the Company's community
investment program, charity initiatives stretching across Canada contribute
millions of dollars to Canadian charities annually on behalf of the Company,
its customers and associates. Sears' two major charitable mandates are to
support after-school programs that promote the healthy development of Canadian
youth and children's cancer charities. In particular, Sears has been a strong
supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for over 40 years. In Quebec,
Sears proudly supports Opération Enfant Soleil and its work with children's
hospitals. In 2008, Sears partnered with Coast to Coast Against Cancer
Foundation to help in the fight against childhood cancer. Other partners
include the Canadian 4-H Council, the Sears I Can Swim program, the Sears
Ontario Drama Festival and, beginning in 2010, the Sears British Columbia
Drama Festival, the Design Exchange National High School Design Competition,
Scouts Canada with its ScoutsAbout and Scoutrees programs, and the Girl Guides
of Canada.

    Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 198 corporate
stores, 193 dealer stores, 40 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue
merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home
maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes
Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping
online at www.sears.ca.





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For further information: Contact for Media: Maria Ganogiannis, Sears
Canada Inc., (416) 941-4427, mganogi@sears.ca


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