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
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
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.
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
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