Postal Strike Will Impact Wildlife Conservation Support

OTTAWA, June 2, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation, along with other charities, will be seriously impacted should a postal strike begin on Friday, June 3rd.

CWF relies on the generous donations of supporters to undertake its vital work to protect Canada's wildlife and the natural spaces they need to survive. A significant portion of donations are received through successful direct mail campaigns. The postal strike will impede CWF's ability to communicate with many of its over 300,000 donors. "Canadians can make contributions by calling 1.800.563.9453 or on-line at CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca," said CWF Executive Vice-President Wade Luzny. "Donors who are most comfortable giving their gift through the mail may continue to do so.  Canada Post will deliver the mail as soon as the strike is finished. Donations support CWF's programs, including recovery projects for species at risk, Project Wild, and Fish ways school programs, Canadian Wildlife and Wild magazines, as well as public education initiatives.

"CWF is very fortunate to have loyal supporters who care deeply about conserving our wildlife and natural areas. We keep our supporters informed about our projects,  how their donations are being put to work, and actions they can take to help wildlife through regular updates in the mail," says Wade Luzny, CWF Executive Vice-President and CEO. "A large percent of our donors send us their gift by mail. Our capacity to reach our supporter base as well as receive their donations will be seriously compromised with a postal strike. The longer the strike goes on, the more it will impact our conservation efforts across the country."

Many charities, such as CWF, receive little or no government funding and rely on donations from Canadians to carry out their mission.

"We are very pleased to see that an agreement has been reached for the delivery of much needed social assistance and pension cheques," says Luzny. "One area that is often overlooked is how a postal strike can negatively affect the charitable sector.  We need the regular support of our donors to continue our efforts to ensure a healthy future for Canada's wildlife."

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

SOURCE CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION

For further information:

Pam Logan
Communications
Tel     613.599.9594
Cell    613.222.1405
Email  pamelal@cwf-fcf.org

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