Astral Listeners Donate $6.7 Million during the National Caring for Kids Radiothon

MONTREAL, May 6 /CNW Telbec/ - On Thursday, May 5, the sum of $6.7 million was raised, thanks to the generosity of the listeners of Astral Media Inc.'s (TSX: ACM.A ACM.B) 60 English-language radio stations, located in 30 Canadian cities, during the Astral National Day of Caring for Kids Radiothon. The funds will help support several large children's hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country.

"Once again, our listeners across Canada have shown their extraordinary and touching generosity, as well as their solidarity with sick children and their loved ones," said Rob Farina, Executive Vice President, Content and Platforms, Astral Radio. "On behalf of the hundreds of employees at Astral who made the Radiothon possible, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Throughout the day, radio hosts encouraged communities served by their radio stations to give generously. Broadcast live from partnering hospitals and healthcare facilities, their shows heightened listener awareness about the importance of giving, thanks to touching stories from young patients and their parents.

You can read or watch these stories on the Radiothon's Facebook page at the following address:

Astral teamed up with Children's Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of sick children by raising funds for children's hospitals and healthcare foundations.

"For a third consecutive year, Astral and its listeners have helped the Children's Miracle Network and organizations that it supports to pursue their mission to offer the best care possible to sick children," added John Hartman, Chief International Officer, Children's Miracle Network. "The entire Children's Miracle Network team warmly thanks the Astral family and its generous listeners."

SMS and online donation platforms remain in operation for another few days:

Text messaging: Text ASTRAL at 45678

Astral is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media. With over 2,800 employees and offices in nearly 50 Canadian cities, Astral Media is proud to play a leading role within communities where we entertain and inform our audiences, and where we work and live. Last year, Astral made a contribution of over 20 million dollars to over 370 community and charitable organizations, notably through the funding of activities, donations, and the broadcasting of hundreds of public service messages on our media platforms. To learn more about Astral, go to


For further information:

Pierre Boisseau
Assistant Vice President, Communications
Astral Media Inc.
514 939-5000

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