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TELUS gives $75,000 to the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program on behalf of new

Optik TV customers

 

Whistler, B.C. – TELUS is contributing $75,000 to the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program thanks to TELUS’ TV for Good campaign which gave $100 on behalf of every new Optik TV customer in the community since August 3 of last year.

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is using the gift at the new Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre for winter and summer sport programming for all ages and disabilities.

 

“TELUS is a tremendous supporter of adaptive sports in Whistler,” said Chelsey Walker, executive director of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. “From ongoing employee engagement to this fabulous new gift made possible by the TV for Good Campaign, TELUS is making a significant difference to our organization. The $75,000 donation will strengthen both our world class adaptive sports centre as well as our cutting edge sport, therapeutic and recreational programs for athletes with a disability.”

 

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program gives hundreds of people with a wide range of disabilities the opportunity to take part in sports and recreation programs. Participants enjoy skiing, snowboarding, alpine racing and Nordic sports in winter months, as well as kayaking, canoeing, hiking, hand cycling and mountain biking, rowing, yoga, and triathlon activities in the summer. Taking part in those activities gives people a sense of adventure and the feeling of well-being that comes from taking advantage of Whistler's world class recreational opportunities.

 

“At TELUS we’re proud to give where we live and, through our commitment to our community, we are able to help connect people to the sports they love,” said Mike Black, TELUS general manager. “We are thrilled with our customers’ response to our TV for Good campaign. They were able to choose a great service like Optik TV and, at the same time, support the fantastic work being done by the people of Whistler Adaptive Sports Program to help those with disabilities lead healthy, active lives.”

 

TELUS has contributed more than $5.1 million and 500 volunteer hours to community initiatives in Whistler since 2000. TELUS recently announced it will invest $2.2 million in Whistler in 2012 to expand its 4G LTE wireless network and introduce Optik TV to even more homes.

 

About Optik TV

Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well as more than 500 channels, including more than 100 in High Definition (HD). Optik TV is an IPTV based service and features applications like Facebook and remote record, an application that allows subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection or select smartphones. One PVR is all you need to enable every digital box in your home with the ability to pause, rewind and replay live TV, schedule recordings, access existing recordings, and pause a show in one room and pick it up in another room from the same spot.

 

With Optik TV, TELUS customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital television box. TELUS is the first TV provider in the world to offer voice and gesture navigation on both live and recorded TV, via an advanced version of Optik TV for Xbox 360 which takes advantage of Xbox’s Kinect sensor. In addition, TELUS’ Optik TV subscribers can now also enjoy a new application called Optik on the go, which allows customers to view a selection of TV On Demand shows and movies on their mobile devices, tablets and laptops, at home and on the move.

 

About the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is a not-for-profit society that provides year-around, recreational programs for people of all ages with disabilities. Operating the Teck Whistler Centre for Adaptive Sports, we are a centre for learning and sports excellence that has a local, regional, national and international clientele and encourage independence, self-confidence and self-motivation for all of our athletes and participants through outdoor recreation. The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program provides the opportunity for hundreds of people with a wide range of disabilities to take part in sports and recreation programs alongside any other Canadian, with a sense of adventure and the feeling of well-being that comes from immersing oneself in Whistler's world class recreational opportunities.

 

For more information about the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, please visit www.whistleradaptive.com.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada,

with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Shawn Hall                                                                  

TELUS Media Relations                                              

(604) 619-7913                                                          

shawn.hall@telus.com