TELUS commits $10 million for COVID-19 response

Donation from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation addresses public healthcare crisis and supports community needs

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our TELUS Friendly Future Foundation has announced a $10 million commitment to help urgently support and enhance public healthcare capacity and community response across Canada. This new funding will go toward purchasing new medical technology and equipment, such as ventilators, as well as increased support for food security, outreach to isolated seniors, virtual education programs, and mental health initiatives. Today’s announcement builds on the considerable efforts currently underway by our TELUS team in respect of providing telemedicine and virtual healthcare solutions for Canadians, including home health monitoring and access to one-on-one video consultations with a licensed doctor at no cost on their smartphone and from the comfort and safety of their own home. These efforts will ensure that the full force of our 2020 impact is concentrated on one singular focus of increasing our collective ability to respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“During this unprecedented time of crisis, and reflecting our world-leading philanthropy and volunteerism in helping our fellow citizens, we are taking responsibility to ensure our communities are fully supported. Our $10 million commitment will enable swift funding solutions where they are needed most,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO. “Whether providing frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable populations with supplies and technology that will keep them safe, or supporting those who are isolated and at risk during this time with virtual healthcare and mental wellness support, we will do whatever is required to help our citizens and save lives. The TELUS family is here for you: we will stand with our communities through the full duration of the COVID-19 crisis and well beyond, as we have always done. Please, be safe and stay connected, virtually, to your friends, family and those who need our support.”

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TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $14.7 billion in annual revenue and 15.2 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. TELUS Health is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world’s most established brands.

Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all Canadians for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired our team members and retirees to contribute more than $700 million and 1.3 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.

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