Shoppers Drug Mart Raises Critical Funds for Women’s Health Initiatives through the Growing Women’s Health Campaign
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, December 9, 2016 – With the combined efforts of Shoppers Drug Mart, its store teams and customers, Saskatoon will now have improved access to services and programming supporting women’s whole health in body, mind and spirit. The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Growing Women’s Health fundraising campaign has raised more than $28,678 for YWCA Saskatoon.
With over 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada participating in the four-week campaign, the 15th annual Growing Women’s Health campaign will provide support to more than 500 Canadian women’s health charities. National in scope yet locally based, the Growing Women’s Health 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 Saskatoon, the donations by local Shoppers Drug Mart customers and employees at 12 stores will benefit the YWCA Saskatoon Crisis Shelter and Residence.
YWCA Saskatoon Executive Director Shannon Zook said, “YWCA Saskatoon provides much more than housing or basic necessities to each woman we serve; we are known for providing holistic “wrap-around” supports for her individual needs, in her journey toward well-being. We deeply appreciate this corporate donation from Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women’s Health campaign toward our nurturing programs here at the YWCA. In our mission to nurture well-being, we provide counselling, nutrition programs, fitness programs, child care, employment supports, housing outreach services, and referrals to a network of agencies and we meet each woman where she is on her individual journey.”
“The success of the 2016 Growing Women’s Health campaign can be attributed to the support and commitment of our loyal customers and staff,” said Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist/Owner Rod Amaya, “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 Growing Women’s Health campaign proceeds to YWCA Saskatoon Crisis Shelter and Residence.”
The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Growing Women’s Health campaign is a four-week program held across Canada each Fall. In support of leading women’s health organizations, customers, staff and associate-owners at more than 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart/Phamaprix locations raise funds through the purchase of the Growing Women’s Health paper icons. Since 2002, the Growing Women’s Health campaign has raised more than $32 million for Canadian health charities. In 2016, over 500 Women’s Health charities across Canada will benefit from the campaign’s proceeds with 100 per cent of funds staying in the community where they are raised.
About Shoppers Drug Mart Love You
Shoppers Drug Mart Love You represents the organization’s commitment to improving the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit. Brought to life through eight partnership programs, created with leading experts and institutions in women’s health, this national initiative connects women to health information and resources that help ensure their health only gets stronger. More information can be found at shoppersdrugmart.ca/women.
About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With 1,250 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 49 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 50 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities. Shoppers Drug Mart is a unique and independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited. For more information, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
YWCA Saskatoon works in Saskatoon and area to provide emergent and preventative services for women and their families, including crisis shelter, supportive living, employment services, quality child care, and accessible fitness. YWCA Saskatoon is a member of YWCA Canada, the nation’s largest provider of shelter to women and children fleeing violence, and the oldest and largest multi-service women’s organization. For more information visit ywcasaskatoon.com, find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ywcasaskatoon or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ywcasaskatoon.
For information about Shoppers Drug Mart or to schedule an interview, contact:
Rod Amaya BSP CTH
Shoppers Drug Mart #2465 and #413
For information about YWCA Saskatoon or to schedule an interview, contact:
Director of Development & Communications
306-244-7034 ext 132