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Philanthropy

The Co-operators donates $75,000 to three organizations in Regina

Regina - Co-operators Life Insurance Company announced donations totalling $75,000 to three organizations working to address unmet needs in its hometown of Regina. The Regina Food Bank, Regina Palliative Care and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency each received $25,000 gifts.

"We are proud to support these three exceptional organizations that provide much-needed services to so many people in our community," said Kevin Daniel, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Co-operators Life Insurance Company. "Regina is a community where people come together to help one another in times of need, and we're pleased to support three organizations that make that happen on a daily basis."

The Co-operators has long been a supporter of the Regina Food Bank. Last year, the two organizations partnered to introduce the food bank's Reclamation program. It accepts unwanted cleaning, hygiene and other small household items from retail businesses and distributes them to other community based-organizations such as women's shelters and addiction services. This helps the recipient organizations focus their financial resources on their programs and services, while diverting thousands of pounds of material from landfill. Today's donation will allow the Regina Food Bank to expand the program.

Regina Palliative Care improves the quality of life for palliative care clients, supports their families and operates the Greystone Bereavement Centre as a means of providing specialized and accessible bereavement care and support. The $25,000 donation will help the organization continue to provide education and support, free of charge, to those who require its services.

With its $25,000 gift from The Co-operators, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will be able to purchase a Total Body Precision Patient Immobilization Unit for the Allan Blair Cancer Centre. The unit will be used for radiation therapy that requires precise patient positioning and extremely accurate radiation delivery to treat tumours, allowing local residents to receive the treatment in Regina, rather than having to travel out of town as they currently do.

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