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December 3, 2003 - A Decade of Sharing the Warmth Across Saskatchewan

December 3, 2003

A Decade of Sharing the Warmth
Across Saskatchewan

Schools, community groups and volunteers across Saskatchewan today marked a decade of caring and sharing as the 10th Annual SaskEnergy Share the Warmth Recycling Project wrapped up.

During this year's campaign, entitled "Kids Helping Kids", donations of sweaters, toques, mittens, scarves, blankets and children's books were collected from Oct. 1 to 18. Volunteers and community groups have spent the past several weeks folding, sorting and distributing these items throughout the province.

Over the ten years of the Share the Warmth Recycling Campaign, more than 600,000 donations of clothing and children's books have been collected and distributed by partners such as the United Way and Saskatchewan Literacy Network.

"This year's theme of Kids Helping Kids was embraced by children across Saskatchewan who worked hard to ensure the gift of warmth could be given to families in need this winter," said Ron Clark, President and CEO, SaskEnergy. "While I want to thank the many volunteers from SaskEnergy, TransGas, and our community partners, for a decade of dedication, I'm especially proud of the work done for this program by the youngest in our society."

The United Way has been key to the success of the Share the Warmth Recycling Program by helping to co-ordinate the distribution of the tens-of-thousands of items donated each and every year.

"This project acts as a catalyst for people," said United Way of Regina CEO Vic Huard. "Share the Warmth mobilizes resources and people that can make a real difference in the lives of people in our community. That's why we're proud to partner with SaskEnergy and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network on this project."

The Saskatchewan Literacy Network, working with partners such as TransWest Airlines, ensures the children's books find their way to literacy programs throughout Saskatchewan.

"The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is committed to help distribute donated children's books to the programs and communities that need them most - from the smallest community school in the North, to the preschool programs in the inner cities, to the libraries and daycares in rural Saskatchewan," said Lynne Mourot, Family Literacy Co-ordinator, Saskatchewan Literacy Network. "Through their donations of children's books to Share the Warmth, the people of Saskatchewan help to ensure that every child and family in this province has an opportunity to discover the benefits of life-long learning."

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk
Manager, Communications
Phone: (306) 777-9842 or (306) 535-6569
Email: dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com

Tracey Mann
A/Director, Collaborative Projects
United Way of Regina
Phone: 306-751-4755
Email: tmann@unitedwayregina.ca

Kim Blevins
Communications Coordinator
Saskatchewan Literacy Network
Phone: (306) 525-3511
Email: kblevins@accesscomm.ca