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April 1, 2004 - TransGas Helps Promote Literacy in Southwestern Saskatchewan


April 1, 2004

TransGas Helps Promote Literacy in Southwestern Saskatchewan

Today, the Southwest TransGas Share the Warmth Fund donated the funds necessary to purchase three computers for the Tutoring and Literacy Program in Maple Creek. The Program in turn bought the computers from the In Kind Centre of Saskatchewan. The computers will be an aid to 25 students, both children and adults, who have moved to Saskatchewan from countries like China and South Korea and are learning English as a second language.

The Southwest TransGas Share the Warmth Fund is a fund especially set up to help give back to rural Saskatchewan. When employees from TransGas heard about the need for computers at the Tutoring and Literacy Program in Maple Creek, they were quick to offer their assistance through this special fund.

"TransGas is very pleased we could make a difference in the lives of these students," said Barry Rudd, General Manager for TransGas Southwest. "When someone cannot communicate their needs to others, it is very hard for everyone around them to help. It's especially tough for children, particularly when they want to learn but simply cannot access the tools. Today, TransGas helped these local children and adults take a step towards literacy through our donation of money to the program to help purchase three computers to the Tutoring and Literacy Program in Maple Creek."

Rudd said once TransGas was dedicated to the project, they enlisted the help of the In Kind Centre of Saskatchewan to find the computers needed for the Tutoring and Literacy Program.

The In Kind Centre of Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization, operated by volunteers, that solicits products and services from companies for redistribution to charitable organizations in Saskatchewan. In the first two years of operation, the centre has distributed over one million dollars of new and used products to charities all across the Province.

"When TransGas approached us with this great idea to provide the funds the program required to purchase three computers for a literacy program, we were happy to lend a helping hand," said Laureen LaBrash, Executive Director, In Kind Centre of Saskatchewan. "Used computers are always an item that is in high demand because of their value to enhance a program. Many of us have a computer at work and maybe one or two at home these days, but imagine not even knowing how to turn one on or read the words on the screen. Not only will these three computers help the children in the Tutoring and Literacy Program in Maple Creek learn to read and write, but they will open up the world to them by teaching the students how to use the computer, surf the Web and e-mail their friends and family back home."

The In Kind Centre of Saskatchewan operates many other programs such as a membership referral program, a virtual community bulletin board, a "Presents of Minds" program that offers essential school supplies to children in Pre-Kindergarten and Grade One.

The In Kind Centre of Saskatchewan currently has 153 registered charities from 30 communities across Saskatchewan and is growing. Currently in its third year of operation, the Centre holds open houses and has various volunteer opportunities for those who want more information or would like to get involved. It also has also a website with more detailed information at: www.inkindsask.com.

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Doka
Community Relations Coordinator
TransGas In Kind
306-539-2169 (c)
306-777-9814 (w)
Laureen LaBrash
Executive Director
Centre of Saskatchewan
306-352-8260