Home Hardware throws $110,000 opening pitch

    Toronto Blue Jay's official home improvement retailer presents SickKids
    patient ambassador with donation

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Paul Straus, Vice President and CEO, Home
Hardware Stores Limited, threw the opening pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game
on Sunday, September 30th to commemorate Home Hardware's $110,000 donation to
SickKids Foundation. Home Hardware is a national sponsor of SickKids
    "Home Hardware is proud to support the world-renowned paediatric research
at The Hospital for Sick Children which is improving the lives of children
across Canada everyday," said Paul Straus, Vice President and CEO, Home
Hardware Stores Limited. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with
SickKids Foundation."
    The $110,000 donation was presented to 15 year-old Danielle Caterina from
Courtice, Ontario who accepted the donation on behalf of SickKids Foundation.
Danielle, an avid baseball player, has had cystic fibrosis (CF) since birth.
Danielle's condition worsened until 2007 when doctors at SickKids performed a
double-lung transplant. Today, Danielle is once again back at home doing the
things she loves, including playing baseball.
    In 1989, SickKids scientists discovered the gene responsible for CF and
have also improved treatments, resulting in the best survival rates for CF
patients in the world.
    "SickKids Foundation is very grateful for our partnership with Home
Hardware," said Sue Larkin, Development Officer, SickKids Foundation. "It is
through the generosity of individuals and organizations, such as Home
Hardware, that SickKids is able to remain a world leader in the field of
paediatric health research and care."
    Home Hardware Charity 2008 calendars are now available at Home Hardware
stores across the country. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to
SickKids Foundation.
    In addition to SickKids Foundation, Home Hardware Stores Limited is the
proud sponsor of Special Olympics and Tree Canada.

    About Home Hardware Stores Limited

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000
stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to
100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.6 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 128 independent hardware Dealers.

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For further information: For additional information and/or to arrange
for an interview, please contact: Rob Wallace, Public Relations & Promotional
Events Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited, (519) 664-4710

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