For immediate release August 28, 2003
London Drugs raises $75,000 to date to help fire relief efforts
London Drugs stores collect cash donations for Red Cross until September 8
Richmond, B.C. - Since starting a B.C. store-wide campaign on August 22 to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross' fire relief efforts in B.C., London Drugs is proud to announce that $75,000 has already been raised to date and the campaign is to continue for another week.
Members of the public are urged to continue showing their support by donating to the Canadian Red Cross at any London Drugs store in British Columbia or by contacting the Red Cross directly at 1-800-418-1111 or www.redcross.ca <http://www.redcross.ca>. Fellow British Columbians and visitors can make direct cash donations by adding a cash donation to their receipt at any cash register at any London Drugs store in B.C.
Donations can be made until Monday, September 8 and London Drugs will forward all donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with the fire relief efforts. The monies raised will be used to help those affected by the B.C. fires to meet basic recovery needs not addressed through insurance or other assistance.
"On behalf of all of us at London Drugs I would like to thank our customers for their tremendous support for the Red Cross fire relief efforts in B.C.," said Wynne Powell, president, London Drugs. "London Drugs is a member of many B.C. communities and we are committed to helping the residents affected by the fires."
This current B.C. store-wide fundraising drive is the second phase of London Drugs' campaign to assist the fire relief efforts that started earlier this month when London Drugs was part of the August 2 - 7 Fire Aid campaign with TELUS and CanWest Global. Over 700 London Drugs employees at 38 London Drugs' locations within B.C. worked together to collect donations from the public. Sixteen London Drugs transport trailers and five-ton trucks with the assistance of VanKam Transport, H&R Transport and Landmark Transportation transported the relief goods to the Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army in Kamloops to distribute to the fire evacuees in the surrounding areas.