August 13, 2006 12:23 ET

CN donates $250,000 to Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and thanks London for its great hospitality

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 13, 2006) - CN today presented a $250,000 cheque to Children's Hospital of Western Ontario at London Health Sciences Centre at the CN Canadian Women's Open. E. Hunter Harrison, CN president and chief executive officer, presented the cheque to Debbie Comuzzi, president and chief executive officer of the Children's Health Foundation.

"CN's title sponsorship of this tournament is about more than great golf and hosting a terrific event," said Harrison. "It's also about raising money for children's charities. This donation is our way of giving something back to a community that has welcomed us with open arms."

Comuzzi said: "It has been a very exciting time since the Royal Canadian Golf Association announced CN as the title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Open. CN's commitment to the tournament was obvious, but it is deeply gratifying to us - and to our community - that CN committed itself so strongly to the health and well-being of the children of our region by making such a generous donation to Children's Hospital of Western Ontario. It is indeed testament to CN's corporate philosophy of building safe, strong communities. On behalf of Children's Hospital and the children and families served at our hospital, our heartfelt thank you."

Harrison said that everyone was a winner at the tournament. "While there is only one winner of the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open trophy, there are many winners here today, including the golfers, the fans, and the people of London. The biggest winners, however, are the children at Children's Hospital."

In May, CN committed a minimum $100,000 donation to the hospital. This week, CN added to the tally with the CN Miracle Match program by matching dollar for dollar funds raised for Children's Hospital during the tournament. This brought CN's total donation up to $250,000.

CN has a long-time commitment to help build safer, stronger communities where its trains operate. This practice of supporting a children's charity will be repeated at future CN Canadian Women's Opens.

About CN

CN is the only transcontinental railroad in North America whose network spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For further information, visit

About Children's Hospital of Western Ontario

Children's Hospital of Western Ontario is the regional paediatric referral centre for all of Western Ontario, parts of Northern Ontario, and in many cases sees children from other provinces as well. Children's in London has the only 24-hour emergency room, between Winnipeg and Toronto, staffed with paediatricians around the clock. With more than 18 different medical specialties and sub-specialties, Children's provides expertise from paediatric critical care to multi-organ transplants. To learn more, visit

About Children's Health Foundation

Established in the early 1900s by the I.O.D.E, the Foundation has been raising money for specialized children's health care for nearly a century. Children's Health Foundation supports specialized equipment, programs and services at Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and breakthrough research into the causes, preventions and cures of childhood diseases at the Children's Health Research Institute. Children's Health Foundation is leading the way to raise funds to help build the NEW Children's Hospital of Western Ontario, now under construction at Wellington and Baseline Roads in London. To learn more, visit

Contact Information

  • CN
    Jim Feeny
    Senior Manager, Public and Government Affairs
    Cell: (780) 910-0098
    Children's Health Foundation
    Debbie Comuzzi
    President and CEO
    (519) 432-8564