CANADA POST

CANADA POST

February 23, 2009 16:23 ET

Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health Hits $1 million Goal With its First Fundraising Campaign

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2009) - Canada Post is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous support of its employees, customers and suppliers, the newly-formed Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health reached its 2008 $1 million fundraising goal. Fundraising activities began in earnest following the announcement of the Foundation's creation last June.

"The generosity and the spirit of giving of Canada Post employees and the public have made this campaign an incredible success story that has surpassed anyone's expectations," said Moya Greene, President and CEO. "We are very proud to have reached our $1 million goal so quickly. To everyone who participated or donated, we offer our heartfelt thanks."

Funds were raised a number of ways, including the sale of a special commemorative postage stamp, $1 donations at post office counters across the country and donations from Canada Post's customers and suppliers. The mental health stamp remains available at post offices nationwide; each booklet sold generates $1 for the Foundation. This initiative has already contributed $250,000 to Foundation. Additionally, donations can be made online anytime at www.canadapostfoundation.ca.

The Foundation was formed to raise awareness of the effect mental illness has on the lives of Canadians, and to support patients and their families dealing with mental illness. It will begin distributing funds in June of this year. Janie Randolph, Canada Post's director, Cause of Choice, noted the company's successful fundraising effort was particularly touching considering the economic downturn. "During a time when many organizations are sadly feeling the impact of a slower economy, our success speaks to the importance of this issue. Mental Health is a cause that resonates with so many people."

Phil Upshall, national director of Mental Illness Awareness Week, praised Canada Post's outstanding results. "It has been a tremendous campaign to date, but we should not be surprised by what can happen when Canadians unite for a very worthwhile cause such as mental illness," said Mr. Upshall, who is also a trustee of the Foundation. "The campaign's success is a tribute to the great people at Canada Post and the generosity of Canadians everywhere. One in five Canadians is touched in some way by mental illness and we offer our deepest gratitude to everyone who is taking part in this effort to raise money and awareness for our cause."

Additional information on the Foundation is available online at www.canadapostfoundation.ca.

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