TD Bank Financial Group customers and employees raise $5.3 million for Canadian children's hospitals



    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - Did you know that each year, over 2.5 million
Canadian children visit a Children's Miracle Network hospital? In 2007, over
67,000 TD customers and employees showed their support for children's
hospitals by making automated monthly donations to the TD Children's Hospital
Fund from their TD Canada Trust account. When these donations are combined
with TD's corporate donation of more than $1 million and employee fundraising
efforts, the TD Children's Hospital Fund is able to make a significant
difference in the lives of countless children and their families.
    "Whether the monthly donation is large or small, by giving to the TD
Children's Hospital Fund our customers and employees are making a difference
together," said Tim Hockey, Group Head Personal Banking, Co-Chair TD Canada
Trust and TD's children's health champion. "We created the Fund in 2002 to
make it easier for our customers and employees to support the health of our
children and donations have continued to increase every year."

    
    Facts about the TD Children's Hospital Fund and Children's Miracle
Network:

    -   100% of every dollar donated is given to the children's hospital
        nearest to the TD Canada Trust branch where the donation was made
        ensuring the donations fund local hospital initiatives.
    -   Every year, Children's Miracle Network hospitals in Canada treat more
        than 2.5 million children suffering from all types of illnesses and
        serious injuries.
    -   Funds raised are used to buy highly specialized equipment, develop
        education and prevention programs, and to support medical
        breakthrough research that saves the lives of countless children.
    

    Even though many say it's better to give than receive, TD is treating one
lucky customer to the joy of doing both. During the campaign, all new
automated monthly donors to the TD Children's Hospital Fund were entered in a
draw for a grand prize of a four night stay at an Orlando family theme park
followed by a three night cruise for a family of four. Brenda Glancey from
Brampton, Ontario was recently selected and will receive the dream family trip
valued at over $12,000. The trip includes roundtrip airfare, $1,500 spending
money, meals and theme park passes.
    "While there is only one grand prize winner, all of our TD Children's
Hospital Fund donors should feel very good about the part they played in
helping their local children's hospital purchase equipment, develop programs
and support research. For anyone who has had a sick child, access to the
quality healthcare offered by children's hospitals can mean all the difference
in the world," added Hockey.

    TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together

    Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the
three primary areas of focus for TD's community giving. The major flagship
programs within these areas are: TD Children's Hospital Fund, TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation and the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, TD
Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community
Leadership, and the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition, through the support
of our customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national,
regional and local programs in support of diversity, arts and culture and
other causes. In 2007, TD donated $33 million to more than 2,000 charities and
not-for-profit organizations across Canada.

    About Children's Miracle Network

    Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to
helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North
America. Each year these non-profit hospitals provide the finest care,
research and community outreach to help millions of children with diseases and
injuries of every kind. In Canada, Children's Miracle Network raises funds for
14 children's hospitals, and helps more than 2.6 million kids each year. Since
1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $350 million for
Canadian children's hospitals. For more information visit
www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Martin, TD Bank Financial Group, (416)
308-6473, Jennifer.L.Martin@td.com


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