TELUS, its customers, team members and retirees give where they live
VANCOUVER, July 6 /CNW/ - Today, TELUS employees are celebrating their commitment to our B.C. communities by announcing more than $10 million in charitable contributions and community building initiatives across the province this year.
The funds are a combination of TELUS community programs, including the Go Pink campaign for digital mammography equipment at BC Women's Hospital, support of Jeneece Place, TELUS Employee Charitable Giving, TELUS Community Boards, TELUS Community Action Teams, TELUS Community Ambassadors and local community partnerships, to name a few.
Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have supported worthwhile causes in B.C. to the tune of $80 million and 2 million hours of volunteer service.
"TELUS employees believe in the importance of community and as we move through the summer months spending time with friends and family, we want to take this time to reflect on the meaning of our long-standing promise to give where we live," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "From our $1 million to help build Jeneece Place, which will make life easier for families during very challenging times in their lives, to our Go Pink campaign in support of BC Women's Hospital's goal to purchase three digital mammography machines, we have been able to truly make a difference throughout British Columbia. I am grateful for our customers' support and proud of the entire TELUS team who remain steadfast in their commitment to the communities where they live, work and serve."
This spring, TELUS announced $100 will be donated to local charities and worthy causes for every new Optik TV customer on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast and in Powell River, Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. The campaign will run for one full year from the dates of announcements in these communities. So far, these campaigns have raised $1.3 million for local community initiatives.
It's time to Go Pink. In May, TELUS launched a milestone campaign to make a 'pink' difference and bring digital mammography to B.C. Between May 6 and October 31, 2010, TELUS will donate $25 to BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation for each purchase of a pink BlackBerry Curve 8530 or pink BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone available only at TELUS. Digital mammography will enhance early detection of breast cancer for women and men in B.C. To date, this campaign has raised more than $58,000 for new digital mammography equipment.
TELUS started its fundraising efforts for Jeneece Place last July, when Mr. Entwistle announced the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game would be held at Bear Mountain. Mr. Entwistle also announced that the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children would be the charity supported by the game, with all funds raised going towards Jeneece Place. He kicked off the campaign with a $100,000 donation. The $1 million for Jeneece Place was announced at the closing of the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game on June 22.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 11.9 million customer connections including 6.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.9 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 200,000 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 have contributed $158 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine 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.
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