TELUS helping support patients and family members of the Chinook Regional Hospital and the Jack Ady Cancer Centre
The Guest House at Alberta Rose Lodge to receive $100 for each new smartphone
Lethbridge, AB – For the next year, TELUS will contribute $100 on behalf of every Lethbridge customer who activates a smartphone towards the support of Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation’s Guest House at Alberta Rose Lodge, a vital home away from home for families of out- of-town patients*.
“The need for affordable, short term accommodation for out-of-town patients was identified years ago by various groups in Southern Alberta, and we have long recognized how vital it is to our patients to make these accommodations available,” said Jason VandenHoek, executive director of the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation. “The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, in partnership with the Green Acres Foundation, is pleased to welcome TELUS to our efforts to continue with this vision and make it a reality with the opening of the Guest House at Alberta Rose Lodge.”
The Guest House at Alberta Rose Lodge, located close to the hospital in Lethbridge, supports out-of- town patients by providing affordable, convenient and comfortable short-term accommodation for those travelling to Lethbridge to receive outpatient treatment at the Chinook Regional Hospital or therapy at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, and also to the family members who need to stay close to their loved ones while they are in the hospital. Funds raised by TELUS’ smartphone campaign will support the ongoing refurbishment and important work of the Guest House, which is staffed on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis, providing guests with vital support and a safe, secure environment.
“Almost half of Chinook Regional Hospital’s patients are from outside the city of Lethbridge, and extended hospital stays far from home put considerable strain on them and their families. The Guest House at Alberta Rose Lodge plays a vital role in patient care by keeping families close and reducing stress on patients. We are proud to support it,” said Fred Weinheimer, TELUS general manager, Customer Solutions Delivery for Alberta South. “This campaign also gives our customers in Lethbridge a unique opportunity to support a worthy local cause while getting access to the most advanced wireless devices on Alberta’s best** wireless network.”
Since 2000, $125,000 has been contributed to organizations in Lethbridge through the Team TELUS charitable giving and volunteer programs, and TELUS team members and retirees have volunteered more than 27,000 hours of their time in service of Lethbridge charities and community organizations.
The campaign is available to all Lethbridge residents who activate a TELUS smartphone between May 3, 2011 and May 3, 2012. For more information, or to locate a TELUS store, please visit telusmobility.com or call 1-866-558-2273.
TELUS is investing $4.6 million in Lethbridge this year to further expand and enhance its 4G wireless and wireline networks, part of the company’s $650 million infrastructure investment across Alberta in 2011.
* Up to a maximum of $100,000.
** Based on network speed and size.
About Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation
The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated exclusively to raising and accepting funds in support of the priorities of the Chinook Regional Hospital and Alberta Health Services in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.
The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation focuses on three areas to support the delivery of best possible care:
• State-of-the-art healthcare equipment
• Vital programs
• Capital and special projects
Each year, Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation spearheads a number of fundraising initiatives. In addition to accepting financial gifts from individual and corporate donors, the Foundation seeks funding through grants and actively engages in community partnerships.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 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 350,000 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 will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten 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.
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