Wal-Mart Canada to Raise More Than $1.5 Million During 'Miracle Balloons' Campaign to Support Canadian Children's Hospitals



    
           Wal-Mart launches nationwide fundraising campaign from
       May 1 to June 10 to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 30 /CNW/ - From May 1 to June 10, 2007, Wal-Mart
stores and SAM'S CLUBs nationwide will be raising money for Children's Miracle
Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for premier
children's hospitals. As the leading corporate sponsor of Children's Miracle
Network, Wal-Mart Canada will raise awareness and more than $1.5 million for
children's hospitals coast-to-coast during this year's 'Miracle Balloons'
campaign. During the campaign, Wal-Mart customers and SAM'S CLUB members are
invited to donate a loonie to support kids' hospitals and medical advancement
through pioneering research.
    This year, more than 2.5 million Canadian children will be treated at
children's hospitals across Canada for afflictions such as cancer, heart
disease, birth defects, cerebral palsy, AIDS and injuries that result from
accidents. Money raised year-round by Wal-Mart Canada and annually through the
Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles will help fund critical hospital equipment,
ambulatory-care services, research, education programs, and specialty services
at children's hospitals across Canada.
    "We've been a proud supporter of Canadian kids' hospitals for the past 13
years because we believe every young life that is saved or enhanced represents
another investment in Canada's future," said Mario Pilozzi, President and CEO
of Wal-Mart Canada. "That is why we are pleased to support Children's Miracle
Network, an organization that is committed to improving the future of our
children."
    Since 1994, Wal-Mart Canada has raised and contributed more than
$25 million for children's hospitals thanks to the generosity of store
associates, customers and suppliers across the country.

    About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

    Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates one of the strongest community involvement programs in Canada
under the Wal-Mart "Good Works" banner. Every week Wal-Mart Canada raises and
donates more than $290,000 to Canadian charities and last year alone raised
and contributed more than $15 million to causes across Canada. Over the past
12 years the company has raised and contributed more than $50 million to
Canadian charities and organizations in need.

    About Children's Miracle Network

    Children's Miracle Network - the alliance of premier hospitals for
children - is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the
lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North
America. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the
finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help
millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. Children's
Miracle Network fundraises year-round with events such as Radiothons and
raises awareness of the vital work of children's hospitals through the
Champions Across America/Canada Tour presented by Wal-Mart. To learn more
about CMN please visit www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Christi Gallagher, Wal-Mart Canada, (905)
821-2111, ext. 4042


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