Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation plans a healthy harvest for community health charities during seventh annual Tree of Life campaign



    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation (TSX:SC) will
launch its seventh annual Tree of Life fundraising campaign, this Saturday,
September 13th. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the campaign will
benefit local and regional healthcare organizations in the communities served
by the Company's more than 1,090 Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix stores across
Canada.
    "Hundreds of local health charities across the country have come to
depend on the funds harvested through the Tree of Life campaign," said Lisa
Gibbs, Manager, Community Investment, Shoppers Drug Mart. "Together with our
Pharmacist-Owners and their teams at store-level, our employees and customers,
we hope to raise $2 million for healthcare programs and services to help
improve the quality of life in our communities."
    Held each autumn, the Tree of Life campaign gives customers the
opportunity to purchase and personalize their own "leaf" for a loonie, "maple
leaf" for $5, or an "apple" for $50. Each "leaf" and "apple" is then attached
to a Tree of Life which is prominently displayed in all participating stores.
This year's campaign will run from September 13th until October 10th.
    Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist-Owners take an active role in their
communities, providing trusted healthcare advice. The Tree of Life campaign
allows them further contribute to the health and well-being of their local
communities by supporting local healthcare programs and services. Since 2002,
the Tree of Life campaign has raised $9 million in support of over 300
Canadian healthcare related charities.
    Customers can help cultivate the harvest by visiting any local
participating Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix location and asking the cashier
for details. Online contributions can be made by visiting
www.shoppersdrugmart.ca. In addition, customers can find out which healthcare
charity their local Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix store is supporting
through the store locator on the website.

    About Shoppers Drug Mart

    Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service
retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in
Québec). With more than 1,090 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores
operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company
is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses
or owns more than 15 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name
Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec). As well, the
Company owns and operates 65 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the
largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In
addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart
Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution,
pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem
Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to
long-term care facilities in Ontario and Alberta.





For further information:

For further information: Tammy Smitham, Director, Communications &
Corporate Affairs, (416) 490-2892, tsmitham@shoppersdrugmart.ca


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