SOURCE: Marketwire


February 16, 2010 09:02 ET

Haitian Relief Efforts Receive Unprecedented Support From Marketwire Clients

Financial, Medical, Technological Assistance and Professional Services Among Corporate Donations

TORONTO--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) - In the days and weeks following the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and private donors from around the world offered assistance to victims of the disaster, donating goods and services to provide immediate relief to the ravaged country as well as to help rebuild Haiti's infrastructure, economy, communities and spirit.

Beginning January 14 and continuing through to midnight EST February 14, 2010, Marketwire joined the relief efforts with the donation of its services offering the distribution of news releases related to relief efforts at no charge. Companies including Videotron, Soles4Souls, and EADS North America offered their support by donating 535,000 free calls routed to Haiti, 100,000 pairs of new shoes and a mobile field hospital, respectively. Hundreds of press releases related directly to Haitian relief efforts were issued during the month-long period, including:

"It's impossible to imagine the devastation suffered by Haitians following the earthquake, and how immediate the need is to provide food, shelter, medicine, engineering support and so much more to the survivors," said Marketwire President and CEO Michael Nowlan. "We hope that our offering enabled and encouraged our clients, regardless of their company size or how they wanted to help, to support the global relief effort and maximize all contributions."

Marketwire estimates that more than $115,000 worth of news distribution was extended to its client base during this time.

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