David Foster Foundation partners with TELUS and Schnitzer for a one-day scrap drive 

What: Your rusty old BBQ, broken bike, and 1970s lawn furniture could help save the life of a child on Saturday, May 27 as the David Foster Foundation teams up with long-time community partners TELUS and Schnitzer for a one-day scrap drive. Held during TELUS Days of Giving, all scrap metal will be recycled and the value of the metal will then be donated by Schnitzer to the David Foster Foundation. For more information, visit www.scrapdrive.com.

Why: Celebrating 30 years as a foundation in 2017, the David Foster Foundation supports the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children who are undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants.

Anyone who donates their scrap metal will have the chance to enter to win a TELUS Optik TV & Essentials package, including a LG 55” 4K UHD TV. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 3980 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC

Event partners:

  • Schnitzer
  • Times Colonist
  • Used.ca

Available for interviews:

  • Lara Knudsen, Director of Family Relations, David Foster Foundation
  • Kathy Baan, Senior Community Investment Manager, Vancouver Island, TELUS 

Additional Information:

  • The David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support.
  • The average cost to support one family is $10,000 throughout their transplant journey 
  • The closest pediatric centres for Victoria-area transplant families are BC Children’s Hospital, Stollery Hospital (Edmonton), and SickKids (Toronto) 

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, AMJ Campbell, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1 million Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

Media contact:

Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888- 8729 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca