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2,700 TELUS phone cards to be given out across Canada


Vancouver, B.C. - Many young people who live on the street or have left their families are being given a chance to place a free long distance call home over the holidays using a TELUS prepaid phone card.


To help homeless youth connect with their families, TELUS is donating more than 2,700 10-minute phone cards to more than 60 agencies in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Staff at each centre will hand out the cards.


In Toronto, 700 TELUS prepaid phone cards have been donated to Second Base Youth Shelter, Shout, Native Child and similar organizations. The cards have been provided to provincial Reconnect centres in B.C. as well as to the Gathering Place and VanCity Place for Youth in Vancouver. In Alberta, several centres, including the Youth Emergency Shelter Society in Edmonton and the Street Teams and Exit societies in Calgary, will pass out cards to those who need them. The cards will also be provided to homeless youth in major Quebec cities.


“At this time of year when the real meaning of giving can often be lost in the commercialism of the season, we are pleased to know that organizations in our community care,“ said Chantelle Forcier of Operation Go Home / Operation Retour Au Foyer in Ottawa.


“Many young people would like to call home at Christmas, but don't have the money to spare and would be reluctant to call collect,“ said Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and chief executive officer. ”By making prepaid phone cards available to these young people for free, we hope to make the holiday season a little brighter for many Canadian families.”


This is the seventh consecutive year of the TELUS Christmas pre-paid phone card program. The phone cards can be used with any touch-tone telephone in Canada or the United States, including pay phones.



TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with over $7 billion of annual revenue, 4.9 million network access lines and 3.3 million wireless subscribers. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation internet-protocol-based network technologies. TELUS was a premier founding supporter of the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to Canada.


For more information, please contact:

Charlie Fleet
TELUS media and public relations
(780) 493-7227