TELUS donates $115,000 to help kids with diabetes live happier, healthier lives



    Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre receives this year's TELUS charity golf
    donation

    KLEINBURG, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced the donation of
$115,000 to an innovative centre that helps kids with diabetes live healthier
lives. The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre is the only registered charity in
Canada dedicated to making life better for kids with Type 1 diabetes.
    The money was raised at the 2007 TELUS President's Invitational Golf
Tournament, which took place in Kleinburg today. Each year, TELUS uses the
Tournament to raise money for a worthy cause through sponsorships, golf
"skins," and a charity auction. The event is a thank you from TELUS to some of
its top Ontario customers for their loyalty and business.
    The Charles H. Best Centre is this year's charity partner. The Best
Centre teaches every day skills such as how to use glucose monitors, how to do
injections, and how to stay healthy through good eating habits and exercise.
The Best Centre also helps connect patients to other kids affected by the
disease through social events, newsletters, and support groups.
    Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own
insulin producing cells. The potentially devastating impact of Type 1 diabetes
on the body is clear, but scientists do not fully understand the underlying
causes. The good news is that treatment options are improving and children
with Type 1 diabetes can live long and healthy lives as long as they have the
right support and medical care.
    "Juvenile diabetes is a chronic disease and the occurrence rate is rising
three-to-five per cent a year," said Joe Natale, president, TELUS Business
Solutions. "There is no cure yet; treatment and support are vital to keeping
these kids happy and healthy. TELUS is committed to improving the lives of
Canadians where we live and work, in this case by supporting community health
care. We're proud to partner with the Best Centre. They demonstrate excellence
in supporting kids with Type 1 diabetes, and their families, in very practical
ways."
    Marlene Grass, RN, Executive Director and Founder of the Centre, says,
"Our centre provides support and resources to help patients and their families
manage Type 1 diabetes. With this generous contribution from TELUS, we can
enhance our services and do more to improve the lives of the young people
attending our Centre."
    This contribution is part of TELUS' "we give where we live" campaign.
Since 2000, TELUS and its team members have contributed more than $91 million
to charitable and non-profit organizations. The eight TELUS Community Boards
alone have an annual budget of $4.5 million. They are located in Vancouver,
Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Rimouski. TELUS'
Toronto Community Board supports dozens of local charities, including the YMCA
of Toronto, The Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, and Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Halton.

    The Charles H. Best Centre

    The Charles H. Best Centre serves children and youth with diabetes. The
Centre has been providing patients and their families with continuing
education and support to meet the on-going needs of those with Type 1 diabetes
for over 18 years.
    The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre currently serves over 400 pediatric
patients and over 600 young adults over the age of 19, saving the health care
system approximately $1.2 million per year by taking in newly diagnosed
patients with Type 1 diabetes.
    In 1990 the Centre received the prestigious Fredrick G. Banting Award,
through the Centre's founder, Marlene Grass RN, and Diabetes Educator. Their
services include; day-to-day management, counseling, in-home visits, school
and teach visits, 24/7 pager system, pregnancy program, insulin pump program,
newsletters, support groups and much more. For more information, please visit
charleshbest.com.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.9 billion of annual revenue and 10.9 million
customer connections including 5.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
visit telus.com.

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For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Allison
Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425, Allison.Vale@telus.com; Marlene
Grass, The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, (905) 666-7796,
marlene@charleshbest.com

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