STAPLES Business Depot In-store Fundraiser raises $574,539 to help make Dreams Come True for Special Olympics Athletes



    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - November 1 - 17, 2007 STAPLES Business Depot
customers across the country helped change the lives of athletes with an
intellectual disability by raising $574,539 for STAPLES Business Depot's Give
a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign.
    Over the past eight years, STAPLES Business Depot and its customers have
raised more than $2.5 million for Special Olympics Canada through the Give a
Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign. This money goes towards developing and
maintaining sport programs for Special Olympics athletes in their local
communities as well as helping Special Olympics Canada's national team
athletes train and compete.
    "Special Olympics Canada would like to thank the associates of STAPLES
Business Depot and all their customers who contributed to this year's campaign
and made it so successful," said Deborah Bright, President & CEO of Special
Olympics Canada. "In addition to creating the STAPLES Business Depot Give a
Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign, STAPLES Business Depot has been a national
partner of Special Olympics Canada since 1996 and has made a corporate
donation annually. We are proud to partner with STAPLES Business Depot and
fortunate for the financial support we receive for the development of sport
programs for athletes with an intellectual disability."
    "As a national sponsor of Special Olympics Canada it has been our
pleasure to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics athletes," said
Steve Matyas, President, STAPLES Business Depot. "For the past eight years we
have supported Special Olympics athletes like Christina Campbell
(Chesterville, Ontario), Special Olympics 2007 Team Canada gold medal winner
and STAPLES Business Depot associate, achieve personal goals and compete in
provincial, national and international competitions. We are proud
STAPLES Business Depot customers help make this campaign a success across the
country and are honoured to help Special Olympics athletes achieve their
personal goals."

    About Special Olympics Canada

    Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians
with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national not-for-profit
grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition
opportunities for over 31,000 athletes of all ages and abilities. More than
13,000 certified volunteer coaches are currently involved with Special
Olympics programs every day in virtually every community nationwide. For more
information, please visit www.specialolympics.ca

    STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest
supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business
services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an
everyday low price retailer, operating stores in every province across Canada
under the banners STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM) and Bureau en Gros(MC). The
company employs over 13,500 associates serving customers through more than
280 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R) Business
Depot(TM)/Bureau en Gros(MC) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More
information is available at www.staples.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Vaso Charitsis, Marketing and Communications
Manager, Special Olympics Canada, (416) 927-9050 ext. 237 (work), (416)
455-8932 (cellular), (416) 927-8475 (fax), vcharitsis@specialolympics.ca;
Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager, STAPLES Business Depot, (905)
737-1147 ext. 2363, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca


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