Irving Oil celebrates five years of Fuel the Care - Program has helped more than 12,000 families.

    SAINT JOHN, NB, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - This October marks the fifth year of
Irving Oil's Fuel the Care program. The program helps families pay for fuel
when they drive between home and hospital for their children's medical care.
To celebrate this anniversary, Irving Oil will donate $200,000 to the program
this month.
    Since 2002, Irving's Fuel the Care has provided more than $1 million in
gift certificates, assisting more than 12,000 children and their families in
Atlantic Canada and New England. In addition, Irving employees continue to
participate in a weekly Fuel the Care Casual Day program, raising an
additional $9,000 in support of the program in 2006 alone.
    "When a child has to visit or stay in a hospital for medical care, the
last thing a parent should have to worry about is travel costs,' says
Lisa Savidant, Community Relations Coordinator for Irving Oil. "Through Fuel
the Care, we hope to lessen that stress and keep families together during what
is often a difficult time. The IWK Health Centre in Halifax, the Janeway
Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John's and the Saint John
Regional Hospital all do fantastic work in helping sick children. We are proud
to continue our partnership with these hospitals."
    The IWK, Saint John Regional Hospital and the Janeway treat children with
cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma and other childhood
diseases. Often, the children and their families live outside the immediate
hospital area.
    "Fuel the Care eased the financial strain of going between our home and
the hospital in the months after our babies were born," says Keri Tyner of
Saint John. Tyner's twins arrived two months premature in December, weighing
just three pounds each. "Braydon and Shelby spent months at the Saint John
Regional Hospital, and Shelby also had to travel to the IWK for heart surgery.
If we had not had access to Fuel the Care, I'm not sure how we could have been
there each and every day. My hope now is that anyone who could benefit from
this program is aware of it."
    "This program has helped thousands of families, and I see how
appreciative they are," says Stefan Mildenberger, a Pediatric Social Worker
with the Saint John Regional Hospital. "We're grateful for Irving Oil's
generous support for this program, as it truly makes a difference for families
going through a difficult time."
    Parents of children being treated at one of the following hospitals who
would like more information about how to qualify for assistance from Irving's
Fuel the Care program, please call:

       -  Saint John Regional Hospital               (506) 648-7369

       -  IWK Health Centre                          (902) 470-8076

       -  Janeway Children's Health and
          Rehabilitation Centre                      (709) 777-4452

    About Irving Oil

    Founded in 1924, Irving Oil is the regional refining and marketing
company serving customers in Eastern Canada, Quebec, and New England with a
range of finished energy products, including gasoline, diesel, home heating
fuel, jet fuel and complementary products and services. The company's network
of Bluecanoe and Mainway convenience stores throughout Eastern Canada and
New England offers customers a wide variety of products and services,
including grocery and snack items, bakeries and convenience items, in addition
to fuel. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to win a USEPA Clean
Air Excellence award for its low-sulphur gasoline.

    For more information about Irving Oil, visit

    For a photo of Braydon and Shelby Tyner, please go to
and follow the Fuel the Care link.

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Parker, (506) 202-2992,

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