Wal-Mart Canada's Annual Red Cross Campaign Hits Record $1.4 Million to Support Local Disaster Relief



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada announced today that,
during its recent Canadian Red Cross fundraising campaign, Wal-Mart stores and
SAM'S CLUBs across Canada raised and contributed a record $1.4 million in cash
and in-kind donations. Funds raised and contributed will support local
disaster relief in communities across the country for Canadians in need.
Wal-Mart's Mississauga-based home office matched each store's contribution, up
to $2,000. Wal-Mart would like to thank its customers and suppliers for their
generous donations and support to such a worthy cause.
    As the leading corporate sponsor of the Canadian Red Cross, Wal-Mart
stores held special events during their annual fundraising campaign, including
donations at the registers, hosting in-store charity drives and teaming up
with suppliers to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross.
    The Canadian Red Cross helps people affected by emergencies and
disasters, ranging from family house fires to regional flooding and natural
disasters. The Red Cross works to provide emergency needs like food, shelter,
emotional support and family reunification. All Red Cross assistance is
provided free of charge by over 30,000 dedicated volunteers and staff across
the country and with the help of generous financial donors such as Wal-Mart
Canada.
    "We are very thankful to the Canadian public for their generosity and to
Wal-Mart for making this campaign a success," said Tim Hoswitschka Director,
National Corporate Relations. "Funds raised will help us help the community if
a disaster strikes."
    The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and
185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Canadian Red Cross
mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power
of humanity in Canada and around the world.

    About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

    Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 292 outlets nationwide. In recent years
more than 100 Canadian communities have lobbied or petitioned to have a
Wal-Mart built in their towns. The company employs more than 70,000 Canadians
and has been ranked one of Canada's best employers five of the past six years
by international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business
Magazine. For more information about the company, Wal-Mart Canada's first
Corporate Values Report is available at www.walmart.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Christi Gallagher, Wal-Mart Canada, (905)
821-2111, ext. 4042; Tim Hoswitschka, Canadian Red Cross, (613) 740-1968


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