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Monday, September 12, 2005
Aliant major sponsor for KidSport™

FREDERICTON NB - Sport New Brunswick is very pleased to announce that Aliant has become a major partner with KidSport™ NB. On Saturday September 10, at the McInnes Cooper Dragon Festival in support of KidSport™ and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, Aliant’s VP of Customer Services, Freda Lovely presented a cheque for $20,000 to Nicole Smith, Executive Director of Sport NB to help administer the KidSport™ NB program.

KidSport™ is a children’s charity that assists children of families facing financial obstacles that might prevent them from participating in sport. The goal of KidSport™ is to provide these children with the opportunity to achieve physical, social, intellectual and moral development through participation in sport.

“At Aliant, we focus much of our community investment funding towards programs that support the mental and physical development of children,” said Freda Lovely, Vice President Customer Services Aliant. “KidSport does both. It not only enables children to participate in athletics, it breaks economic barriers that might otherwise prevent a child from being an active member of his or her community. We’ve already seen great results by supporting KidSport™ in PEI and we look forward to making a positive difference for Kids in New Brunswick.”

“The Aliant partnership will greatly help us move the KidSport™ NB program forward” stated Nicole Smith, Executive Director of Sport NB. “We hope that within the next two to three years that we can double the number of kids who will benefit from the KidSport™ program in New Brunswick. With Aliant as a partner, we will now be able to direct more money towards the children.”

KidSport™ is looking for volunteers across New Brunswick to assist with the Regional Committees. The Regional Committees help raise awareness about the program in their community, identify children and raise funds to support more children. To become involved or to learn more information please contact Sandra de Graaff at (506) 451-1320 or sportea@nb.aibn.com.

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.

About Sport New Brunswick
Sport New Brunswick is a bilingual federation of sport partners that enables the pursuit of wellness through leadership in sport and physical activity. We promote, represent and provide services for the New Brunswick sport community.

For more information please contact Nicole Smith at (506) 451-1327 or (506) 461-6783 (cellular).

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