VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2016) - (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) - As part of the 2016 Royal Tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit TELUS Garden today to meet young Canadians who are making a difference in their communities.
To commemorate the occasion and celebrate young leaders across Canada, TELUS is making a $10,000 donation to Jack.org - an organization the Duke and Duchess will spend time with in Victoria on October 1 as they conclude their visit to Canada.
Eric Windeler and Sandra Hanington founded Jack.org in 2015 to raise awareness about mental health issues among young people. The organization is named in honour of their son Jack, who committed suicide at the age of 18 after leaving for college and spending months in depression. With more than 100 chapters nationwide, the student-led organization brings young speakers into high schools and universities across Canada to transform how students think about mental health.
"TELUS is committed to educating and empowering youth to encourage and mobilize Canada's next generation of community leaders to reach their full potential," said Andrea Goertz, TELUS Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer. "By inspiring important conversations regarding mental health, the young leaders of Jack.org are fostering positive social change in their communities and, importantly, they are improving lives."
TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.5 million subscriber connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 1.6 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and 1.0 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $440 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 6.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 Canadian community boards and 4 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $54 million in support of over 4,900 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.