Nestlé Waters Canada donates about $30,000 worth of water to help Red Cross, Salvation Army support residents in need

Jul 23, 2012

More  than 170,630 bottles of water sent to Chilliwack, Sicamous, Toronto

HOPE, British Columbia and PUSLINCH, Ontario – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that, working in tandem with the Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army, it has donated about $30,000 worth of bottled water to a number of communities in the interior of British Columbia affected by flooding, including Sicamous and Chilliwack, as well as in southern Ontario in support of Toronto residents suffering from de-hydration as a result of extreme weather conditions.

More than 152,880 bottles of water are being distributed by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army to needy individuals in the BC interior and more than 18,750 bottles of water are being distributed by the Red Cross to those in need in Toronto.

The Red Cross in Toronto deploys community outreach teams who visit areas in the city with high concentrations of vulnerable people, including the homeless, those with mental health conditions and addiction issues as well as the elderly and the very young. The organization also delivers bottled water to community agencies that work with vulnerable groups.

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are coordinating their efforts with affected municipalities to distribute bottled water where it is most needed.

The Company also donated the cost of shipping the water from its distribution centres in Chilliwack and Puslinch, which was estimated to be about $7,500.

Nestlé Waters Canada regularly donates bottled water to municipalities and other organizations in need during local, provincial and national emergencies. Over the last ten years, the Company has donated millions of bottles of water during floods in Manitoba and New Brunswick, forest fires in British Columbia and northern Ontario and boil-water advisories and other potable water challenges across Canada.

“I want to thank Nestlé Waters Canada for this generous donation,” said Tom Windebank, Regional Manager, Disaster Management, Toronto and Peel Region, Canadian Red Cross. “The Company has been very responsive to our support needs right across the country this year.”

“The assistance provided by Nestlé Waters this Summer, in particular, has been very much appreciated by the Red Cross,” added Mr. Windebank. “Whether indirectly through its work with Project Water or directly as a result of its national sponsorship with us, the Company has come through, time and time again in 2012.”

Nestlé Waters Canada has a national relationship with the Canadian Red Cross as official bottled water sponsor.

About The Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and over 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.redcross.ca or contact:

Tanya Elliott
Media Relations
Canadian Red Cross
Telephone: (905) 890-1000, Ext. 202
Telephone: (905) 460-7966 (cell)
Email: tanya.elliott@redcross.ca

About Nestlé Waters Canada

Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:
John B. Challinor II   APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: john.challinor@waters.nestle.com
Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: jalton@national.ca