OTTAWA, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada announced today that its
annual fundraising campaign has raised $2.6 million in support of
Canadian Red Cross disaster and preparedness programming. The $2.6
million raised includes donations from customers across the country and
Walmart Canada's corporate matching grants.
"Walmart Canada remains our largest corporate supporter, and we are
extremely grateful for their generous and continued support of Red
Cross disaster programming," said Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and
CEO at the Canadian Red Cross. "With the recent threat of Hurricane
Leslie in Atlantic Canada, Canadians were reminded of the possibility
of large-scale disasters happening in our own backyard. Funds raised
through this annual campaign help ensure we are prepared to respond to
the next call for help."
Walmart Canada's support helps the Canadian Red Cross provide emergency
relief to disaster struck communities with basic supplies such as
blankets, clothing, meals and hygiene kits. To date, Walmart Canada,
its customers, associates and suppliers have donated and raised more
than $21 million to the Canadian Red Cross.
"Walmart Canada is proud to play a pivotal role in providing urgently
needed relief items during disasters and beyond," said Shelley Broader,
president and CEO of Walmart Canada. "We are always standing by, ready
to support the Canadian Red Cross to ensure our communities get the
help they need when they need it the most."
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 over 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies. The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of
vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and
around the world.
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 335 stores,
employing 90,000 Canadians, serving more than one million customers
each day. Walmart continues to be a leader in corporate philanthropy,
sustainability and employment opportunity. Since 1994, the company has
donated and raised more than $160 million to Canadian charities and
SOURCE: CANADIAN RED CROSS
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