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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Aliant makes back-to-school easier for children in need

Atlantic Canada – Aliant has announced two new initiatives in partnership with the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers to make back-to-school easier for children in need. Aliant will make a $10 donation from every sale made under the Personal Computer (PC) Purchase Program and buy all backpacks for the Pioneer’s Backpacks for Kids program. Also, to provide an opportunity for the general public to contribute, Aliant has organized a school supply drive across Atlantic Canada through its dealer locations. The Backpacks for Kids program provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need.

“Aliant is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and youth in Atlantic Canada,” said Robyn Tingley, Aliant’s Vice-President of Communications and Public Affairs. “As part of our ongoing support to children and education, we are pleased to be providing students with the basic tools they need to get ready for the new school year. We invite everyone to join us in this effort and drop off school supplies to Aliant collection boxes at our dealer locations across Atlantic Canada.”

Between now and the end of September, Aliant will make a $10 donation to Backpacks for Kids for every purchase made under the PC Purchase Program. The PC Purchase Program combines Aliant High-Speed with a new Personal Computer system to give consumers affordable on-line access.

Also between now and the end of September, Aliant’s school supply drive will allow the general public, customers and employees to donate directly to the Backpacks for Kids program. Donation locations have been set up in 125 Aliant dealer locations.

For further information contact:
Dawn Boylan
Communications and Public Affairs

About Aliant
From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge-services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.5 billion.

Aliant’s PC Purchase Program Options

About the Aliant Pioneer volunteers

The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers are the largest corporate based volunteer organization in Atlantic Canada and they can be found working in virtually every community across the region. Its membership of almost 8,000 volunteers and is made up of current and former Aliant employees and predecessor companies. The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers' main focus is to support education and technology related projects within their communities. Over the past nine decades, the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers, along with their families, have assisted a wide variety of community service efforts – lending their energetic and innovative volunteer workforce at a moments notice.

The work of the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers contributes to Aliant’s overall community investment in Atlantic Canada. In 2005, Aliant will invest more than $5 Million through corporate donations, in-kind contributions and sponsorships programs.

The first donation to the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers’ Backpacks for Kids program is made at the DownEast Communications store in the Maritime Centre, Halifax. (L-R) Derek Chisholm, Manager DownEast Communications; Karen Dunphy, President of Cornwallis Council Pioneers; Patricia O’Toole, President of Chebucto Life Member Pioneers Club; Wanda Durling, Cornwallis Council Executive and Robyn Tingley, Aliant Vice-President of Communications and Public Affairs.

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