Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women's Health campaign raises funds for local women's health organizations

National campaign kicks off September 10th

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - (TSX: L) – In an effort to support women's health organizations across the country, tomorrow Shoppers Drug Mart and its Associate-owners are kicking off the 15th annual SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Growing Women's Health campaign.  Over the next four weeks, local Shoppers Drug Mart locations will accept donations from customers with a goal to raise $3.3 million to help fund local women's health charities.

Shoppers Drug Mart stores in cities and towns across the country partner with local charities to provide direct support, resources and programming to meet the health needs of Canadian women. Each Associate-owner selects a women's health organization to benefit from the funds raised from their store.  In the past year, this program has supported more than 500 charities, with 100% of customer donations remaining in their communities. 

"The Growing Women's Health campaign has been so successful because our patients, customers and employees know that the money they donate goes directly to an organization that supports women's health in their own community," said Lisa Gibbs, Director, Community Investment, Shoppers Drug Mart.  "Over the past 14 years, we've donated close to $30 million, thanks to everyone's generosity."

Back by popular demand, Shoppers Drug Mart will complement the in-store program with an online Growing Women's Health game, where customers can direct corporately-donated funds to the charity of their choice.  Customers are encouraged to visit www.shoppersloveyou.ca and direct a portion of Shoppers Drug Mart's $50,000 to their local charity for a chance to win Shoppers Optimum points just for participating.

Additionally, in store customers can purchase and personalize a "Growing Women's Health" icon; a "leaf" for a loonie, a "butterfly" for $5, an "apple" for $10 and a "bird" for $50.  The icons are prominently displayed on the Growing Women's Health Tree in all participating stores. 

About SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU.
SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. is the identity for our long-standing commitment for women's health. To help women live their best lives, the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. program is designed to help women stay focused on making their own health a priority by connecting them to the expertise of our partners at leading women's health organizations and to others in support of women's health initiatives across Canada.  Learn more at shoppersloveyou.ca

About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
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 1,250 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 49 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 50 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. Shoppers Drug Mart is a unique and independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited.

For more information, visit shoppersdrugmart.ca.

SOURCE Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Video with caption: "VIDEO: Grow Women’s Health in your community". Video available at: https://youtu.be/1KRr-KKACLA

For further information: Catherine Thomas, Director, External Communication, Tel: 905-459-2500 ext 613829, Catherine.thomas@loblaw.ca


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