Feb. 22, 2011 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
TELUS' Go Pink campaign raises more than $48,000 towards innovative breast cancer technology
WINNIPEG, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - TELUS' Go Pink campaign has raised more than $48,000 for CancerCare Manitoba, with funds being used towards innovative technology and programming to deliver the best research, patient care, treatment and support. Combined with employee and corporate donations, TELUS' national campaign raised more than $2.45 million for women's breast health across Canada.
In May 2010, TELUS announced it would donate $25 from every pink Blackberry sold across Canada to support innovative breast cancer technology in regional hospitals. Local funds raised through the campaign will help to cover some of the costs CancerCare Manitoba needs to implement innovative breast cancer technology in Manitoba.
"We are grateful for TELUS' vision and generosity in helping us bring the latest in breast cancer technology to women in communities across Manitoba," said Annitta Stenning, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Executive Director. "We all know that the sooner breast cancer is detected, the better chance of survival. Having access to the newest, most innovative technology will help us save more lives."
Jill Schnarr, vice-president of TELUS Community Affairs said, "TELUS is thrilled to partner with our customers in Manitoba to help fund this important cause with CancerCare Manitoba. I know from personal experience how important it is to get access to innovative breast cancer technology for better diagnostics, faster. We are pleased to be able to help make a positive difference in the lives of those touched by cancer in Manitoba."
The TELUS Go Pink campaign is funding innovative breast cancer technology for healthcare facilities in communities across Canada, including: BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, CancerCare Manitoba, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Toronto, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Segal Cancer Center at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, the Jurivinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, and QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
TELUS has been a long-time supporter of charities that advance cancer research, awareness and detection. Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed $12.4 million towards finding a cure for cancer, and continue to raise funds and awareness for early detection.
About CancerCare Manitoba
CancerCare Manitoba is charged by an act of the Manitoba legislature with responsibility for cancer prevention, detection, care, research and education for the people of Manitoba. We are dedicated to excellence in cancer care, to enhancing quality of life for those living with cancer and blood disorders, and to improving cancer control for all Manitobans.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 300,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $211 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada 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.
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