TELUS Day of Giving™ brings together team members nationwide to make a positive impact on our local communities in Canada given our collective volunteer efforts. Additionally, it strengthens the spirit of our team by uniting people with a common goal of making a positive social or environmental difference. We held the 2011 TELUS Day of Giving™ on Saturday, May 28, donating 34,350 volunteer hours in a single day. More than 11,400 team members, retirees, family and friends participated in 300 activities in 34 regions across Canada in partnership with non-profit organizations. This represented an overall participation increase of nine per cent, exceeding our goal of 10,500 participants.
In 2011, the TELUS Day of Giving™ focused on sharing our passion for growing healthy and green communities and made the following impact:
- 541 bags of waste collected from river valleys, parks, and fields
- 10,295 meals prepared or served to the homeless and those in need
- 197,958 pounds of food sorted at food banks
- 7,696 trees and plants planted in parks and gardens
- 4,480 Kits for Kids assembled to provide school supplies to students in inner city schools
- 95,669 breast cancer ribbons tied for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
mobilized 53,000 Canadians at 1,250 activities
Since its inception in 2006, TELUS Day of Giving™ has mobilized 53,000 Canadian team members, retirees, family and friends to volunteer at 1,250 activities benefiting the communities where we live, work and serve.
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The fifth annual TELUS Day of Giving™ in the Philippines, and largest-ever outside of Canada, took place on October 8, 2011 when almost 2,000 volunteers participated in nine community projects. Team members built houses for the homeless, planted trees and hosted activities for underprivileged children. As part of this special day, two simultaneous events were held with Gawad Kalinga (GK), an organization working toward the elimination of homelessness.
Since 2007, TELUS has significantly contributed to GK’s cause, building 71 homes and a three-story multi-purpose hall in its first village and committing to build a second TELUS-GK village with 125 homes. Volunteers also visit the community every weekend to work with the residents to continue to develop the TELUS-GK village.
In 2011, over 2,500 team members and volunteers donated 4,900 hours in their community. Since 2007, TELUS International Philippines team members have volunteered more than 34,700 hours.
For the third year, three TELUS Day of Giving™ events took place at TELUS International locations in El Salvador and Guatemala. All events focused on youth and education, with TELUS team members building refurbished and improved schools for children.
More than 1,400 team members took part in TELUS Day of Giving™ in Guatemala City on October 29;
500 team members participated in Xela, Guatemala on October 30; and more than 1,200 team members participated in El Salvador on November 5. In total, 4,200 volunteers contributed 12,000 volunteer hours in 2011, benefiting Central American communities.
Consistent with our spirit of volunteerism, the second TELUS Day of Giving™ event was held in Cannock, England in May 2011. Almost the entire team of 20, alongside other volunteers, cleaned up and gardened at the Kingswood Nursery and Infant Centre, an outdoor education centre for primary school students aged three to eight. The team’s contributions included building a sun shelter and children’s benches, rebuilding a log store, fencing, pruning trees, painting, gardening and landscaping the grounds.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, more than 60 TELUS International team members and their families participated in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas “Runnin’ for the House” five kilometer run and one mile walk. Team members also participated in fundraising activities to raise more than $1,800 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Goals for 2012
In 2012, our goal is to bring together 12,000 Canadian participants at TELUS Day of Giving™ events. In the Philippines, we will continue to build the second Gawad Kalinga village as part of TELUS Day of Giving and host other activities in the fall of 2012. Further, in Latin America, we intend to continue to support children and youth in both El Salvador and Guatemala. All other locations outside of Canada will set goals closer to their event dates.