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Special Olympics Canada

November 01, 2007 08:00 ET

Special Olympics and STAPLES Business Depot Invites Canadians to Give a Dollar. Share a Dream.

Major Retailer supports Special Olympics through in-store fundraising campaign

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2007) -

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Dreams can come true everyday in communities across Canada, when you donate through the Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign from November 1st until November 17th at your local STAPLES Business Depot.

Now in its eighth year, Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. raises funds to maintain and develop community sports programs for Special Olympics athletes.

"The benefits of the Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign are evident on and off the playing field," said Ms. Deborah Bright, Special Olympics Canada President & CEO. "Thanks to the support of STAPLES Business Depot and its customers, Special Olympics athletes can better perform in all aspects of their lives, through their involvement in sport."

"Without the Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. program, and the support of companies like STAPLES Business Depot, my dream of winning a gold medal could not have come true," said Ms. Christina Campbell (Chesterville, Ontario), Special Olympics 2007 Team Canada gold medal winner and the face of the 2007 Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign. Ms. Campbell went on to say that, "The Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign is especially close to my heart because I am a Special Olympics athlete and a STAPLES Business Depot associate."

Over the past seven years, the Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign has raised more than $2 million for Special Olympics Canada. In 2006, the campaign raised $527,202 for Special Olympics, and this year's goal is to continue to build on that success.

"STAPLES Business Depot is committed to improving the lives of Special Olympic athletes all across Canada. Through the annual Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign our associates and customers make a direct and positive impact on the lives of Special Olympics athletes in the communities in which they work and live," said Mr. Steve Maytas, President, STAPLES Business Depot.

This year's Give a Dollar. Share a Dream. campaign will run for more than two weeks, from Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 17.

Together Canadians can make a difference in the lives of athletes with an intellectual disability and help provide a venue for Special Olympics athletes to achieve personal goals on and off the playing field.

About Special Olympics Canada

Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for over 31,000 athletes of all ages and abilities. More than 13,000 certified volunteer coaches are currently involved with Special Olympics programs every day in virtually every community nationwide. For more information, please checkout the website at www.specialolympics.ca.

STAPLES Business Depot

Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an everyday low price retailer, operating stores in every province across Canada under the banners STAPLES® Business Depot™ and Bureau en GrosMC. The company employs over 13,500 associates serving customers through more than 280 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES® Business Depot™/Bureau en GrosMC is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at www.staples.ca.

For further information or to find out when a Special Olympics athlete will be available for interview at a store near you, please contact one of the associates below.

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