Shoppers Drug Mart Stores Across Alberta, Atlantic and Prairies Support Beauty Gives Back this Saturday November 7, 2015

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - In support of our commitment to improving women's health through Shoppers LOVE YOU stores across the country will be holding in-store Holiday Beauty Galas on Saturday November 7, 2015 (#SDMbeautygala).  All participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Alberta, Atlantic Region and Prairies will host Makeover Events in support of Beauty Gives Back.

Sherry Abbott, Executive Director of Beauty Gives Back, home of the Look Good Feel Better program, applauds Shoppers Drug Mart in their efforts. "Shoppers Drug Mart has played a significant role in helping us in our mission to foster greater awareness, support and understanding of the social and emotional needs of women living with cancer since 2011," says Ms. Abbott. "We thank Shoppers Drug Mart for their continued dedication and contributions to the well-being of women in communities all across Canada."

The events will include various activities including, but not limited to, skin analysis and makeup applications as well as special draws and raffles will be held. This great event will allow customers to discover their own beauty while doing their part in giving back to the community to help put women's health first. Tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. Half ($5) of each ticket sold will be donated to Beauty Gives Back, while the remaining $5 can be redeemed on any cosmetic purchase made at Shoppers Drug Mart during the event.

"The Holiday Beauty Galas allow customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to the organizations that make a difference to women's health," said Lisa Gibbs, Director, Community Investment, Shoppers Drug Mart.  "With the support of our Associate-owners, their store teams, our employees and customers, we can make a difference and improve the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit."

The money raised will go to Beauty Gives Back, the home of the Look Good Feel Better program and charitable foundation of Canada's beauty industry.  Women's cancers remain a serious health issue and of all of the symptoms of cancer, it's ironic that the ones felt most acutely by women suffering from the disease are caused by its treatment. The Cancer Blues – a term for the emotional distress caused by cancer and its treatment – is an often ignored consequence of the disease that can affect a women's ability to fight and endure through the difficult times. Shoppers Drug Mart's support of Beauty Gives Back will help to provide free programs, such as Look Good Feel Better workshops.

About Beauty Gives Back
For a woman diagnosed with cancer, fear and uncertainty become constant companions.  In fact, for most women, a diagnosis unleashes as many emotional symptoms as physical ones.  Studies that show that while there are steady advances in the way the medical system understands and treats the disease, the emotional aspects of cancer are often ignored and rarely addressed.

Beauty Gives Back is the charitable foundation of the Canadian beauty industry; The Cancer Blues is the name we have given to the emotional fallout from cancer and its treatment, a consequence of the disease that can affect a woman's ability to fight and endure through the difficult ordeal of cancer.

For more than 20 years, Beauty Gives Back has supported tens of thousands of women through the Cancer Blues with programs such as Look Good Feel Better, a free, two-hour cosmetic and hair alternatives workshop, and FacingCancer.ca, an online support community. Through our free cancer support programs, Beauty Gives Back is helping Canadian women, and those who care for them, face cancer feeling supported, confident and optimistic.

About Shoppers LOVE. YOU .
Shoppers LOVE YOU is the new identity for our long-standing commitment for women's health. To help women live their best life, 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. More information can be found at www.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 1,258 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 51 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 over 50 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home healthcare 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 www.shoppersdrugmart.ca

SOURCE Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

For further information: Media Contact: Lana Gogas, Manager, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Tel: 416-493-1220 ext. 5141, Email: lgogas@shoppersdrugmart.ca

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