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More than $3,000 raised in Nelson store

Keith Kerekes, an associate with Shoppers Drug Mart, presents a cheque to Valerie Warmington of the Kootenay Kids Society. - Submitted photo
Keith Kerekes, an associate with Shoppers Drug Mart, presents a cheque to Valerie Warmington of the Kootenay Kids Society.
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With the combined efforts of Shoppers Drug Mart, its employees and customers, Nelson and the West Kootenay Region will now have improved access to services and programming supporting the needs of children, their parents and caregivers.

The store’s 2013 Tree of Life fundraising campaign has harvested more than $3,178 for The Kootenay Kids Society.

With over 1,240 Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada participating in the four-week campaign, the 12th annual Tree of Life campaign provides support to over 480 Canadian women’s health charities.

National in scope yet locally based, the Tree of Life campaign offers patients, customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to charitable organizations to ensure that resources and programming are available to meet the needs of Canadian women.

In Nelson,  the proceeds harvested by local Shoppers Drug Mart customers and employees at the Chahko Mika Mall store will benefit The Kootenay Kids Society.

“Kootenay Kids is very grateful to Shoppers Drug Mart for undertaking this fundraiser,” said Valerie Warmington, Kootenay Kids executive director. “And we extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community who so generously contributed to its success.”

The Society will use the money for its Pregnancy Outreach Program offering a wide variety of health-related supports to pregnant and early post-partum women.

“Demand for these services has risen in recent years and the money raised by Shoppers Drug Mart will go a long way toward helping Kootenay Kids meet this need in our community,” said Warmington.

“The success of the 2013 Tree of Life campaign can be attributed to the support and commitment of our loyal customers and staff,” said Keith Kerekes.

“Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with women’s health organizations at national, regional and local levels, in order to provide direct support, ensuring that essential funding, resources and education are available to meet the needs of Canadian women.  We are pleased to present this year’s Tree of Life campaign proceeds to The Kootenay Kids Society.”

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