|Sears Customers and Associates Contribute over $750,000 to Canadian Red Cross During National Fundraising Campaign for Tsunami Relief|
|Canadian Red Cross Already Putting Funds to Work in South Asia|
TORONTO, Feb 18, 2005 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- (TSX: SCC) - During a month-long national fundraising campaign, Sears Canada customers and associates contributed over $759,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Asia Earthquake and Tsunamis Relief Fund.
In response to requests from their customers and associates, Sears Canada began a campaign to raise funds for the relief efforts of the Canadian Red Cross. The Company began the campaign with a $75,000 donation and pledged to match the first $50,000 contributed by their customers and associates. A process was carefully and swiftly put into place to allow the retailer to collect contributions from across Canada and to provide donors with the convenience of donating by phone at 1-800-26-SEARS.
"Sears Canada set up this national campaign in response to requests from our customers and associates," said Brent Hollister, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada. "We were very pleased with their contribution and, on behalf of Sears Canada, I would like to thank them for their generosity."
Soon after the retailer launched the campaign on New Year's Eve, donations began to pour into Sears stores and Catalogue Call Centres. Through their national retail store and catalogue network, Sears Canada was able to efficiently collect donations from all corners of the country and promptly forward the funds to the Canadian Red Cross in order to provide much-needed relief for the many people in the affected region.
"The generosity of Sears, its associates and its customers will help ensure that Red Cross programs will be delivered to the tsunami survivors in the affected countries for a decade," said John Mulvihill, Deputy Secretary General, Canadian Red Cross. "Our recovery and rehabilitation programs in the region will provide support such as housing reconstruction, community health programs and psycho-social support services."
Sears Canada, the retailer with the most extensive multi-channel network in the country, began serving customers in 1953. The Company has 48,000 associates and, in an independent consumer survey, ranks high in customer service, trust, respect, and quality products and services. There is a Sears location within a 10-minute drive of 93% of Canadians, and Sears is dedicated to providing them with quality merchandise and exceptional service coast to coast through its 121 full-line department stores, 215 off-mall stores, 64 home improvement showrooms, over 2,200 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 112 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
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For further information: Michael Bouliane, Sears Canada Inc., (416) 941-4427, michael.bouliane(at)sears.ca
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