Astral Media listeners raise a record $7,175,952 from one-day National Caring for Kids Radiothon

    20 children's hospitals and health care facilities benefit

    MONTREAL, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - On Thursday, April 30th, fifty radio
stations in 28 cities across Canada took part in the Astral Media National Day
of Caring for Kids Radiothon to benefit 20 children's hospitals and health
care facilities across the country. The participating radio stations
successfully raised a combined total of just over $7 million - the largest
amount raised from a one-day radiothon event in Canada.
    "I am truly amazed by the unprecedented demonstration of generosity from
our listeners across the entire country and I wish to express my sincere
gratitude to everyone who tuned in and gave to assist children in need of
medical care. On behalf of Astral Media, thank you for helping make such a
difference," said Jacques Parisien, Group President, Astral Media Radio and
Astral Media Outdoor. "I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to
the over 500 radio station colleagues who have worked tirelessly to make this
event so successful, as well as our partners, sponsors and the children and
families who bravely shared their stories on-air."
    Last Thursday, radio hosts from participating stations broadcast live
from partner hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the day, hosting
special guests ranging from hospital staff, to child patients and their
parents. In many cities, stations worked closely with Children's Miracle
Network - an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving and
improving the lives of kids by raising funds for children's hospitals.
    "The power that 50 stations broadcasting a radiothon together across the
entire country is unique to Astral Media and its millions of listeners.
Canadians are known for their generosity, but I am absolutely astounded by
their willingness to give during a time of economic uncertainty. It clearly
shows that Canadians see value in helping others, in this case young children
who are in need of the best medical treatment available. I can assure them
that Children's Miracle Network will work hand-in-hand with every hospital and
hospital foundation to maximize the use of every dollar raised," said John
Hartman, Chief International Officer for Children's Miracle Network.

    A Flickr webpage featuring dozens of pictures from the event is
accessible here:

    For more information about the Astral Media National Day of Caring for
Kids Radiothon - visit:

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and
pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. Astral
Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its
commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for
all its audiences. For more information, please visit

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Hugues Mousseau, Astral Media Inc., (514)
939-5000, ext. 3240,; Isabelle Ortega, Children's
Miracle Network, (905) 265-9750, ext. 234,

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