TLN Telelatino and the Canadian Red Cross join forces to promote emergency relief fund for Italians

    The Canadian Red Cross' Italian Earthquake Fund set up to provide
    immediate and long term support to victims in Abruzzo, Italy

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - TLN Telelatino has launched a nation wide
promotional campaign in support of Red Cross efforts to assist those affected
by the recent earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
    The TLN family feels that what our Italian friends and relatives need
right now is relief from experts who provide emergency services year-round all
over the globe.
    Italian Red Cross rescue teams were on the scene of the disaster an hour
after the earthquake struck and continue to be active in the emergency
response phase, providing survivors with meals, blankets, emergency shelter,
ambulances and field hospitals to assist the injured. All monies raised in
Canada will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross' sister agency in Italy.
    "Italian Canadians and Canadians across the country are asking themselves
how they can help those in need and are anxious to donate," said TLN
President, Aldo Di Felice. "We are confident that agencies that are in the day
to day business of providing support to areas in need of emergency assistance
like the Canadian and Italian Red Cross will use all donations to quickly help
those in need."
    "Over the last few days we have received hundreds of calls from concerned
Canadians seeking to help," says Canadian Red Cross Secretary General Conrad
Sauvé. "We are grateful for TLN's support of Red Cross efforts to provide help
to thousands of people in need of relief and recovery assistance."
    Canadians wishing to help the relief effort for L'Aquila, Abruzzo can
make a financial donation online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111
or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free
line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
    Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross earmarked
"Italian Earthquake" and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170
Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.
    Log on to for full campaign details.

    In addition, as a community public service, TLN Telelatino Network
announced last week that in cooperation with Rogers Cable and Bell TV, SKY
TG24 Canada, the 24 hour news channel operated by TLN in Canada, in
collaboration with Sky Italia and based on SKY Tg24, Italy's leading news
source, will be available FREE to all Bell TV and Rogers Digital customers
throughout the month of April. Live SKY TG24 newscasts from Italy are also
available on TLN daily at 2pm/et and 7:30pm/et.

                      Interviews available upon request

    About TLN Telelatino

    TLN Television, Canada's Latino Superstation, offers programming in
Italian, Spanish and English and can be seen by 11 million Canadians on cable
and satellite from coast to coast. As Canada's leading Hispanic and Italian
media source, TLN delivers a variety of domestic and international programming
including daily news reports from Italy and Latin America, international
sports, award-winning novellas and dramas, variety shows, feature films and
specials. TLN is majority owned by Corus Entertainment, a leading Canadian
media company. Other shareholders of TLN are prominent members of the Italian
Canadian community.

    About the Canadian Red Cross

    The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and
186 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada
and around the world.

For further information:

For further information: For interview requests and additional
information, please contact: Bruna Aloe, Manager, Communications & PR, TLN
Television Network, Phone: (416) 744-5745, Email:; Tanya
Elliott, Director, Public Affairs, Canadian Red Cross, Phone: (905) 890-1203
ext. 202, Cell: (905) 460-7966, Email:

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