Tree of Life campaign supports Women’s Contact Society

Women’s Contact Society and Shoppers Drug Mart are partnering in an effort to raise funds in supports of women’s whole health in Williams Lake through the 10th annual Tree of Life campaign.

Women’s Contact Society and Shoppers Drug Mart are partnering in an effort to raise funds in supports of women’s whole health in Williams Lake through the 10th annual Tree of Life campaign.

The four-week fundraising campaign, running from Sept. 17 through to Oct. 14 at  Shoppers Drug Mart, will harvest essential funding to directly support Women’s Contact Society’s resources and programming initiatives.

“Community fundraising initiatives allow us to provide women with the resources they need to improve their health in mind, body and spirit,” said Irene Willsie, executive director of the Women’s Contact Society,  “From Sept. 17 through Oct. 14, we encourage everyone to get involved in women’s health and support the Women’s Contact Society directly through Shoppers Drug Mart’s Tree of Life fundraising campaign.”

Each fall, the campaign provides customers with the opportunity to purchase and personalize a Tree of Life icon, which are prominently displayed on the Tree of Life in all participating stores. Make a difference and support women in communities across Canada by visiting any local participating Shoppers Drug Mart store and purchase a “leaf” for a loonie, a “butterfly” for $5 or a “cardinal” for $50.

“To achieve our goal of improving women’s health in Williams Lake, it takes the commitment of our whole community and we thank Shoppers Drug Mart, their employees and customers for coming together and supporting us through the 2011 Tree of Life campaign,” Willsie says.

The Shoppers Drug Mart Tree of Life campaign is a four-week program held across Canada and is one of the leading partnership programs of the Shoppers Drug Mart Women platform — the company’s commitment to improving the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit. National in scope, yet locally-based, the annual Tree of Life campaign offers patients, customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to the organizations that make a difference in their own communities.

Since 2002, the Tree of Life campaign has raised more than $14.7 million for Canadian health charities. In 2011, more than 400 women’s health charities across Canada will benefit from the campaign’s proceeds with 100 per cent of funds staying in the community where they are raised.

Info sessions on health and law, through Women’s Resource and Education, will also begin next month. The first, on osteoporosis, takes place from noon until 1 p.m. on Oct. 4. Free lunch will be provided. The noon-hour info sessions will be held every first Tuesday of each month between noon and 1 p.m.

Other topics will include heart health,  stress and anxiety management,  diabetes and healthy eating.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Women’s Contact Society at 250-392-4118.