In Alberta, devastating wildfires are spreading, impacting children and families. In response to this crisis, TELUS is taking action.
TELUS is partnering with various organizations, including the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund, TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods, and TELUS Health.
Together, they are committing an initial $5 million in cash donations and in-kind contributions. These contributions will go to local charities and organizations that support relief efforts and first responders, such as the Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army.
“Our team is deeply saddened by the widespread wildfires across Alberta and our thoughts are with those impacted by this disaster. We have a long-standing history of being there for Albertans, particularly in their time of need, and it is an honour to lend our support through an initial investment of $5 million, as wildfires continue to ravage many parts of our province,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS.
“I am grateful to our team for continuing to demonstrate that when things are at their worst, Canadians can count on TELUS to be at its very best, offering our resources and human compassion to help our fellow citizens in need.”
TELUS technicians continue to work around the clock to maintain critical infrastructure and network connectivity under the most challenging of conditions to ensure Albertans and first responders stay connected.
These efforts include ensuring emergency generators are running for cell sites to provide wireless coverage throughout the province. In partnership with Ralcomm, a portable cell tower was placed outside of Drayton Valley for evacuees and first responders to stay connected.
TELUS is also deploying extra network technology to evacuation centres such as Smart Hubs and power banks so everyone can stay connected to their loved ones.
In addition, TELUS is engaged with evacuated Indigenous communities to understand their needs and supply necessities such as water, diapers and non-perishable food items.
Customers in Alberta and B.C. can redeem their TELUS Rewards points for a $20 donation to TELUS Friendly Future Foundation in support of wildfire relief efforts.
Photo: Alberta Wildfire/Handout/Reuters