TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation (TSX:SC) will launch its eighth annual Tree of Life fundraising campaign this Saturday, September 26, 2009. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this year's campaign will benefit local women's health organizations and charities in the communities served by the Company's more than 1,159 Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada.
"With seven years of successful campaigns and over $11 million raised, the funds from the Tree of Life campaign have provided hundreds of local health charities across the country with essential program funding," said Lisa Gibbs, Manager, Community Investment, Shoppers Drug Mart. "We believe it is possible to reach our goal of raising $2.2 million to improve the lives of women and their families across Canada through the combined efforts of our Pharmacist-owners and their teams at store-level, our employees and customers."
Held each autumn, the Tree of Life campaign gives customers the opportunity to purchase and personalize their own "leaf" for a loonie, "maple leaf" for $5, or an "apple" for $50. Each "leaf" and "apple" is then attached to a Tree of Life which is prominently displayed in all participating stores. This year's campaign will run from September 26th until October 16th.
Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist-owners and their pharmacy teams take an active role in their communities, providing trusted healthcare advice and services. Each Pharmacist-owner has personally selected a local women's health organization that resonates best with their community. Through the Tree of Life campaign, Pharmacist-owners and their teams at store-level make an even greater impact on the health and well-being of the women in their communities and in the lives of their families through the provision of much needed funding. Since 2002, the Tree of Life campaign has raised $11 million in support of over 600 Canadian healthcare related charities.
Shoppers Drug Mart supports women's health initiatives at national, regional and local levels. Through this support, our network of stores provides women with access to health care resources, services and education in an effort to improve their whole health.
To help support this year's campaign, customers can visit their local participating Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix location and ask a cashier for details. Online contributions can be made by visiting www.shoppersdrugmart.ca and funds can be directed to the women's health cause chosen by their local Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix's. In addition, customers can find out which local charity their local Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix store is supporting through the store locator on the website.
About Shoppers Drug Mart
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,159 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses or owns more than 32 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and three luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company also owns and operates 66 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities in Ontario and Alberta.
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