TELUS helping Slave Lake residents

EDMONTON, May 16 /CNW/ - TELUS is reaching out to help displaced Slave Lake residents in the hours after a forest fire burned through the community. TELUS is:

  • Immediately donating $25,000 to the Red Cross in support of relief efforts.
  • Offering free wireless long distance calling to all residents in the community for at least the next week.
  • Shipping 1,000 long distance and prepaid wireless calling cards - so residents can keep in touch with family and friends - and 1,500 comfort kits packed with toiletries to the Red Cross for distribution at evacuation centres set up in nearby communities.
  • Customers can text "REDCROSS" to 30333 to donate $5 to The Canadian Red Cross Society. TELUS works with the Mobile Giving Foundation to make these donations available through mobile technology.

TELUS is also working with emergency services on the ground to ensure they have sufficient communications services.

"This is personal for TELUS. Thousands of our customers and even some of our team members have lost their homes overnight, and we want to do everything we can to support them at this challenging time," said Glen Lovas, TELUS director for the region. "Our thoughts are with our own team members who have lost everything, and with all of the residents of Slave Lake and the surrounding area. TELUS will do everything we can to help."

TELUS has a proud history of stepping up to help when disasters strike. Since 2000, TELUS has donated more than $1 million to Canadian registered charities in support of humanitarian relief efforts in Kelowna, Newfoundland, Japan, Haiti, Chile and the Philippines.

As of 2 p.m. local time, TELUS' landline and wireless networks in and around the community continued to operate, though a link to a smaller community nearby has gone out of service due to a power outage and service to some homes has been lost due to burned lines. Landline service and several wireless sites are running on backup power generators as electrical power has been lost.

TELUS teams worked through the night to maintain service and manage communications networks in the region. TELUS technicians are on site in Slave Lake and making every effort to repair damage and to maintain service on a continuing basis.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/community.

SOURCE TELUS Corporation

For further information:

Chris Gerritsen
TELUS Media Relations
(403) 808-9591
chris.gerritsen@telus.com

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