November 18, 2008 08:56 ET

War Child Canada joins Aeroplan's Beyond Miles Program

    Aeroplan donates 1.25 million miles and will offset carbon emissions from
    all flights taken using donated miles

    MONTREAL, Nov. 18  - Aeroplan is pleased to welcome War Child
Canada as its newest charitable partner in Beyond Miles. Beyond Miles is a
program that enables Aeroplan Members to donate Aeroplan Miles to outstanding
Canadian charities that are committed to improving lives and enriching
communities across Canada and abroad.
    Aeroplan launched the partnership with a 1,250,000 donation of Aeroplan
Miles and, as part of its commitment to the environment; Aeroplan will also
fully offset all carbon emissions from War Child Canada flights taken using
donated miles.
    As a partner in the Beyond Miles Program, War Child Canada can receive
donations of Aeroplan Miles from members online at www.aeroplan/
War Child Canada will use the miles to offset costs related to travel to and
from projects at home and around the world.
    "Our country needs organizations such as War Child Canada to provide
resources and services that have a real impact for war-affected children and
their communities around the world, said Rupert Duchesne, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Groupe Aeroplan Inc. "We're thrilled to be adding War Child
Canada to the Beyond Miles program, to give members a chance to donate miles
and to learn more about their outstanding contribution to regions across the
    "War Child Canada is extremely pleased to be joining forces with
Aeroplan's Beyond Miles Program and will use the donated miles to help support
children whose lives have been affected by war," said War Child Canada's
Executive Director and Founder Dr. Samantha Nutt. "Whether used to visit
schools that are being rebuilt in war torn Democratic Republic of Congo, our
program that helps lift families out of poverty in Afghanistan, or children
who have lost both parents to HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, the miles will go a long
way to supporting children and their families in war affected communities
around the world. We are incredibly grateful to Aeroplan for this wonderful

    About Beyond Miles

    The Beyond Miles program enables Aeroplan members to donate Aeroplan
Miles to eight charitable organizations: Canadian Executive Service
Organization, Engineers Without Borders-Canada, Médecins Sans
Frontièrs-Canada, Schools Without Borders, the Stephen Lewis Foundation,
Veterinarians Without Borders-Canada and War Child Canada. In addition to
supporting these organizations, Beyond Miles also supports Air Canada's Kids'
Horizons, a program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Canadian
children and youth and their families. In 2007, 90 million miles were donated
to Beyond Miles. For more information about Beyond Miles, please visit

    About War Child Canada

    War Child Canada is an award-winning charity which provides opportunities
and long term solutions for war-affected children, focusing on education,
strengthening children's rights, reducing poverty and fostering self reliance.
War Child Canada works in partnership with local people and organizations to
build sustainable programming that empowers children and their communities.
War Child Canada currently provides support to communities in Afghanistan,
Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia,
Sri Lanka and Georgia. War Child Canada also generates awareness, support and
action for children's rights everywhere and has domestic outreach programs in
schools and among youth across Canada.

    About Aeroplan

    Aeroplan, Canada's premier loyalty program, is owned by Groupe Aeroplan
Inc., a leading international loyalty management corporation. Aeroplan's
millions of members earn Aeroplan Miles with its growing network of over 70
world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial,
retail, and travel sectors. In 2007, almost 2 million rewards were issued to
members including more than 1.5 million round-trip flights on Air Canada and
Star Alliance carriers which offer travel to approximately 975 destinations
worldwide. In addition to flights, members also have access to over 600
exciting specialty, merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards.
For more information about Aeroplan, please visit

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