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November 5, 2004 - SaskEnergy's 11th Annual Share the Warmth Recycling Project About to Begin!


November 5, 2004

SaskEnergy's 11th Annual
Share the Warmth Recycling Project About to Begin!

During Saskatchewan's cold winter months, thousands of children and adults will need warm winter clothing like mitts, toques, scarves, blankets and sweaters - or warm fuzzies - to stay warm. The SaskEnergy Share the Warmth Project, held from November 1-8 this year, will ensure that people in our communities who need these warm items receive these basic winter necessities.

This year's donations can be dropped off at any mall in Regina and Saskatoon, any SaskEnergy office around the province and participating schools and businesses throughout Saskatchewan.

"It's really amazing to see so many people in Saskatchewan come together year after year to support others. This just proves once again giving is part of the Saskatchewan spirit," said Dean Reeve, Acting President and CEO of SaskEnergy. "Over the past ten years, SaskEnergy and its partners have collected more than 650,000 warm fuzzies and shared them with kids and families across Saskatchewan. But our Sweater Recycling Program wouldn't happen without the help of thousands of volunteers, including our own SaskEnergy and TransGas employees, who contribute countless hours each year to ensure the warm clothing is collected and distributed."

The goal of this program is to continue building relationships with the entire community. Important partnerships have already been developed with such groups as the Girl Guides of Saskatchewan, Scouts Canada, the Lions Clubs of Saskatchewan and the United Ways across the province. With more groups and organizations involved, people can feel empowered to help others.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with SaskEnergy on the Share the Warmth program," said Vic Huard, CEO, United Way of Regina. "The United Way of Regina is working hard to build capacity in our community, while at the same time making sure people's basic human needs are met. This program is an example of how people's lives can be improved by the community working together toward a common goal."

SaskEnergy also works with the Saskatoon United Way to distribute the warm fuzzies anonymously to those in need.

"The United Way of Saskatoon is looking forward to working with the SaskEnergy's Share the Warmth Campaign again this year," said Lynne Pearson, President, United Way of Saskatoon. "For the past 11 years, this community partnership has brought warmth to many children and their families right here in Saskatoon. The United Way is our community's way of linking resources whether material, financial or volunteer…with needs in our community. Our partnership with SaskEnergy's Share the Warmth is community in action…a natural partnership that is building a better community and improving the quality of life in Saskatoon."

Any group wishing to register for the program can do so through the on-line registration or by e-mailing warmfuizzies@saskenergy.com. Any group that would like to receive Warm Fuzzies can call their local United Way or the toll free warm fuzzy hotline at 1-800-409-9770 for further information.

For more information, please contact:
Candace Weimer
Communications Coordinator
SaskEnergy Corporate Affairs
Work: (306) 777-9048
Cell: (306) 537-3565