13,000 TELUS volunteers come together for eighth annual TELUS Day of Giving
Canadians invited to show how we #givewherewelive
VANCOUVER, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - On Saturday, May 25, thousands of TELUS team
members and retirees, friends and family, across Canada will take part in the
eighth annual TELUS Day of Giving.
"TELUS Day of Giving is always an exceptional opportunity for our TELUS team
members, retirees, their friends and family members to make a meaningful
difference in their local communities across Canada," said Darren Entwistle,
TELUS President and CEO. "Guided by our deeply rooted philosophy - we give
where we live - our 13,000 volunteers will be undertaking more than 500
activities nationwide such as helping at children's hospitals, feeding
homeless citizens, sorting thousands of pounds of food bank donations and
completing ecological face lifts at community parks."
This year, TELUS is extending its Give Where We Live philosophy to its
customers and business partners by inviting them to join in for TELUS Day of
Giving. Additionally, Canadians are invited to show us how they give where we
live. Now until June 15, take a photo, upload, tweet or Instagram it with the
hashtag #givewherewelive to givewherewelive.ca and tell us how you give back
to your community. At the end of the campaign, you could be one of 10
Canadians who will receive $10,000 to make a donation to your favourite
charity and truly make a difference.
"Since its inception in 2006, TELUS Day of Giving has mobilized more than
65,465 TELUS team members, retirees, family and friends to volunteer at 1,650
activities benefiting the communities where we live, work and serve,"
continued Mr. Entwistle. "That adds up to 192,545 hours of painting,
gardening, planting trees, landscaping, cooking, serving lunch, sorting cans
of food, sewing and much more for citizens in need of a helping hand."
We Give Where We Live
TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million
to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. In 2012 alone, TELUS
contributed over $44 million to charities and non-profit organizations across
Canada, equaling almost 2.5% of our pre-tax profit. TELUS' heartfelt efforts
in this regard focus on educating and empowering youth to improve their
quality of life and to enable them to reach their full potential.
-- Since their inception in 2005, the eleven TELUS Community
Boards across Canada have contributed more than $35 million to
grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than
2,800 grassroots projects across Canada that have positively
impacted more than 2 million youth across our country.
-- Through our TV for Good and Phones for Good campaigns, TELUS
donates to local grassroots community projects for every new
TELUS TV and/or smartphone customer in specific communities.
Since 2009, TELUS has contributed more than $9.5 million to 64
local community projects through our Phones for Good and TV for
-- Through our Team TELUS Charitable Giving program, TELUS matches
team member and retiree donations made to Canadian registered
charities, dollar for dollar. In 2012 alone, the TELUS team
donated $6.8 million through this program. Since 2000, this
annual workplace campaign has provided TELUS and our team
members with an opportunity to contribute more that $63 million
to charitable organizations in Canada.
-- The TELUS Community Ambassadors program provides a vehicle for
retiree and team member volunteerism. The program maintains the
tradition of community giving that has been part of the
telecommunications industry for more than 100 years. In 2012
alone, our Community Ambassadors assembled and distributed
nearly 12,000 Comfort Kits for homeless people and displaced
families, nearly 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies
for students in need, and 3,000 heart pillows to comfort
patients who have undergone open heart surgery.
To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2million customer
connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 3.4million
wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers and 712,000
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle,
TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS'
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Chris Gerritsen TELUS Media Relations (403) 808-9591 email@example.com
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