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November 29, 2010 10:04 ET

Win a Trip to Walt Disney World with "Magic Santa" and Sympatico.ca

TORONTO, ONTARIO and MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) -

Editors Note: There is a video and a photo associated with this Press Release.

Attention Lifestyle and Technology Editors

Canadian users of the Magic Santa video platform now have another reason to share the joy of the holiday season – a chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World from Sympatico.ca. Canadian residents can win a family vacation valued at $10,000 by creating a free Magic Santa video message for the children in their lives, and then submitting a photo or video that captures the priceless expression on their child's face as they watch their personalized Magic Santa video. Digital photo or video submissions can be uploaded to Sympatico.ca's user-generated-content (UGC) platform until December 19, 2010 at contest.magicsanta.ca.

Magic Santa Overview

Magic Santa is a video platform and application that enables parents and extended family members to very quickly and easily create and then view personalized and unique video messages to their kids from Santa.  Creating a video takes less than five minutes, with users submitting only essential information (no complex questionnaire), yet will leave a lasting impression as children marvel at the idea that Santa knows their name, what they want for Christmas, and more. The free service is available both online at magicsanta.ca and as a free downloadable iPhone application from the iTunes App Store. Whether a video message was created using Magic Santa online or the iPhone app, families can "share the magic" with others through Facebook, Twitter or email at the click of a button.

Sharing the Magic

This holiday season, Sympatico.ca is also sharing the magic with Kids Help Phone, Canada's only phone and on-line counselling service for youth, by donating $0.25 to the organization for every Magic Santa video created, up to $50,000.

"Magic Santa was created to bring the magic of the holidays to life for kids. With the launch of our Magic Santa contest, that magic can now live on at Walt Disney World for one lucky family," says Michele Ferrari, SVP - Portal Content English, Business Strategy at Sympatico.ca. "We are proud to be helping parents share the joy of Christmas with their families, and at the same time enabling those families to support Kids Help Phone, an incredible organization that is there for kids across the country whenever they need someone to talk to."

Magic Santa is not only a free application, it is also free of advertising, enabling Sympatico.ca to help families across Canada keep the spirit of Christmas alive for young kids, without commercialization.

Photo and Video Submission Guidelines

- All entries submitted to contest.magicsanta.ca will be reviewed for eligibility according to the contest rules. Eligible entries will be processed within one to three business days after a submission has been made.

- There is a per person limit of one contest entry per day and ten contest entries over the entire contest period.

- The odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received during the contest period.

- The contest runs until December 19, 2010 at 11:50pm (ET).

- On December 21, 2010 at 1:00pm (ET), one entry will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries received during the contest period.

- Full contest rules are available at contest.magicsanta.ca/rules.

Connect with Magic Santa

- Create Magic Santa videos online: magicsanta.ca

- Download the Magic Santa iPhone app: m.magicsanta.ca 

- Participate in the "share the magic" contest: contest.magicsanta.ca

- Connect with Sympatico.ca on Facebook: facebook.com/sympatico

- Tweet with Magic Santa on Twitter: twitter.com/magic_santa

- Visit the online newsroom: news.magicsanta.ca

About Sympatico.ca

Launched in 1995, Sympatico.ca is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Sympatico.ca is part of Canada's largest and most respected communications and media company. Sympatico.ca is a pioneer in digital media, offering innovative solutions to both users and advertisers. The Sympatico.ca portal delivers informative and entertaining content on the latest topics, from mortgages to minivans and fashion to finance, in both French and English. Sympatico.ca's mobile division also delivers end to end custom mobile solutions and has the largest mobile ad network in Canada.

About Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only phone and on-line counselling service for youth. It's free, anonymous and confidential. Professional counsellors are available any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, to help young people deal with concerns large or small. As a national community-based charity, Kids Help Phone relies on individual and corporate donations to fund these vital services. More information is available at http://kidshelpphone.ca.

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