Hundreds of TELUS team members in Toronto reach out in their community to
make a difference
TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 29, Toronto's Daily
Bread Food Bank will throw open its doors and stack empty shelves with the
help of a small army of volunteers from TELUS in Toronto.
The Daily Bread Food Bank feeds almost a million people in the GTA every
year, including 9,000 babies and toddlers. The week before Thanksgiving, the
TELUS team will arrive en masse with loaded vans of food to give the Daily
Bread a jump start in helping supply the city during one of its busiest times
of the year.
The Daily Bread event is part of the second annual TELUS Day of Service,
a day for TELUS team members to give where they live. More than 6,000 TELUS
team members, including employees, alumni, family and friends, will
participate in hundreds of volunteer activities. Team members across the
country will use their time and talents on September 29 to participate in
projects focused on the environment, youth and helping those less fortunate.
In Toronto, TELUS staff will be volunteering at more than 12 locations
including the Daily Bread Food Bank and an inner-city youth soccer clinic run
by the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club.
Reporters and photographers are invited to attend at the following
Where: Daily Bread Food Bank
191 New Toronto Street
Toronto, ON M8V 2E7
When: Saturday, September 29, 2007
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Who: Daily Bread Food Bank, John Watson, president, TELUS
Consumer Solutions, and TELUS volunteer team members
What: This year John Watson and the TELUS team will be collecting
food all week at the TELUS offices, then driving the vans to
the Daily Bread Food Bank to unload and stock shelves.
Traditionally, food drives focus on protein rich essentials such as
peanut butter, canned fish and lentils, which are crucial items in a healthy
diet. However, items such as baby food, formula and baby cereals are seldom
donated, and are often too costly for food bank clients to purchase. High
demand and low supply of these key items is a serious problem. Daily Bread
wants to ensure that its shelves remain stocked so that no child goes hungry
over the long fall and winter months.
Who: Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club,
Johnnie-Mike Irving, managing director, TELUS, and
TELUS team members volunteering
When: Saturday, September 29, 2007
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: University of Toronto Varsity Centre (outdoor soccer field)
Southeast corner of Bloor Street and Devonshire Place
What: Johnnie-Mike Irving and the TELUS team will be helping the
Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club with their soccer clinic. The TELUS
team will help over 100 kids ages 6-13 learn soccer skills and
drills, play games and win awards.
The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club is a leading youth-serving
organization helping kids reach their full potential. Many members are at-risk
families where safety is a concern. Members can suffer from poor nutrition,
poverty, lack of schooling or high risk for drug-related activity. By offering
after-school programs and camps kids can develop skills and support in a safe
Text for charity
TELUS customers also have the chance to get involved in TELUS Day of
Service. For every text message sent from your TELUS September 29, TELUS will
make a donation to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
TELUS in the community
TELUS has donated more than $91 million in financial and in-kind
contributions since the year 2000. In addition, TELUS has also contributed
more than 1.76 million volunteer hours to non-profit and charitable
organizations across Canada over the last seven years. More is online at
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.9 billion of annual revenue and 10.9 million
customer connections including 5.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
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Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425, Allison.Vale@telus.com