SOURCE: Marketwire

December 19, 2007 08:59 ET

Marketwire and Its Clients Join Together to Make a Difference in 2008

Newswire's Charity Initiative Offers Opportunity for Companies to "Do Something Good for Their Business and for The World"

TORONTO--(Marketwire - December 19, 2007) - Marketwire, a full-service newswire and communications workflow solutions provider, joins together with clients to unveil an innovative charity initiative that offers companies an opportunity to "Do Something Good for Their Business and for The World" during this holiday season and throughout 2008. The inaugural Marketwire Charity Calendar invites Marketwire clients to take advantage of monthly service offers, and in doing so, Marketwire makes a donation in their name to their choice of six participating charitable organizations: Concern Worldwide U.S., Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ocean Futures Society, or Opportunity International and World Education.

"We think Marketwire's new initiative is a brilliant idea in how to incorporate social responsibility into our daily business," said Joyce Misoi of the Toronto-based Tiomin Resources, Inc. "And we are looking forward to helping make a difference through Marketwire's offerings."

"I don't think I've ever thanked anyone for a calendar before, but the Marketwire 2008 Charity Calendar is very smart," said Brenda Ropoulos, IRO, Credence Systems Corporation. "It's great to know our dollars are going to benefit some very important charities, and it's a nice tool for my press release planning. I love the size and shape of it."

Marketwire's 2008 Charity Calendar combines best practices in charitable giving, corporate social responsibility, communications, and customer service.

"This project is a first for us, and very different from the traditional holiday gifts corporations give to clients," said Michael Nowlan, president and CEO, Marketwire. "We're really proud of having come up with something that allows us to work together with our clients, not just during the holiday season but throughout the coming year, to not only better our businesses, but to also better humanity, education, ecology, and goodwill around the world."

Each month, within the calendar, Marketwire's newest or enhanced products or services -- from social media press releases to targeted media lists to other unique opportunities -- are featured and become available at a discount to clients. By way of a custom URL, clients are able to take advantage of these special offers and, in doing so, are able to choose a charitable organization they wish to support and to which Marketwire will make a donation in their name. The URL, www.marketwire.com/donate, is prominently displayed throughout the calendar and will be promoted via other communications throughout the year. Marketwire, on behalf of its participating clients, will contribute up to $60,000 (USD) to the participating charitable organizations by the end of 2008.

To receive a 2008 Marketwire Charity Calendar (quantities limited) or for more information on any of Marketwire's communication and news distribution solutions, please call 800-774-9473.

About Marketwire

The only fully integrated North America-based global newswire, Marketwire, Inc. is a full-service partner to IR, PR, and MarCom professionals seeking premier distribution, media management, multimedia and monitoring solutions. Marketwire's customer-centric corporate philosophy focuses on being the best by infusing every aspect of its business with the following core attributes: precision, adaptability, innovation, and simplicity.

Marketwire delivers its clients' news to the world's media and financial communities. With a reputation for technological leadership, Marketwire offers innovative products and services -- including Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Dashboard Mobile Financial, News Dashboard coverage reports, exclusive access to networks such as the Canadian Press Wire Network, Easy IR and Easy PR workflow solutions, and more -- that help communication professionals maximize their effectiveness while ensuring accuracy and best practices. Having merged companies (Market Wire and CCNMatthews) in April 2006, and enjoying a combined history of 25 years of service, Marketwire is now majority-owned by OMERS Capital Partners, the private equity arm of one of Canada's largest pension funds. Operating 12 offices worldwide, Marketwire distributes the majority of press releases issued by publicly traded companies in Canada. For more information, visit us at www.marketwire.com.

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