Mar. 11, 2011 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
VANCOUVER, March 11 /CNW/ - TELUS and its team members will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and UNICEF to assist in the earthquake relief efforts in Japan. TELUS will also match funds raised by its own team members in Canada.
To help Canadians stay up-to-date on news and information from Japan, TELUS is making TV Japan available on free preview on channel 540 to all TELUS Optik TV customers.
In addition, TELUS customers can be a part of the relief efforts as well and can donate funds through their mobile devices.
TELUS customers can participate in the following ways:
Text "QUAKE" to 45678 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army in Canada
Text "ASIA" to 30333 to donate $5 to The Canadian Red Cross Society
- Text "GIVE" to 45678 to donate $5 to UNICEF
These organizations will ensure the funds help those who need it most.
"Doing our part to assist in relief efforts in Japan is important for TELUS because this disaster is not only affecting some of our team members, it's also affecting our customers and their families," said Jill Schnarr, TELUS vice-president of Community Investment and Engagement. "Through TELUS' text-to-donate campaign we can have an immediate impact on the organizations working tirelessly to help the victims of this terrible tragedy."
TELUS has a proud history of stepping in to help when disasters strike. Since 2000, TELUS has donated more than $1M to Canadian registered charities in support of humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti, Chile, Philippines, Newfoundland, and Kelowna.
TELUS works with the Mobile Giving Foundation to make these donations available through mobile technology.
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 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. 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. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/csr.
TELUS Media Relations