Postal foundation delivers funds, hope to health providers

Canada Post employees and customers have again delivered hope.

The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health 2010 campaign raised more than $2.2 million of much-needed funding to non-profit, community-based organizations that provide support and care for people coping with mental illness.

“The support shown to the foundation and its mission to build the capacity of community mental health organizations will make a difference in people’s lives,” said James Roche, chairman of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. “We are very proud to provide this level of commitment to an issue that affects so many Canadians.”

Post office customers across Canada contributed $1.1 million  while sales of Canada Post’s third annual Mental Health stamp contributed $306,000. In addition, Canada Post’s employees pledged more than $320,000 to the foundation through a payroll deduction program.

“The isolation and despair that often comes with mental illness makes it a disease like no other,” said Roche. “The organizations we’re helping – and those we’ll be able to help because of the success of this campaign – provide critical support systems.”

In its first three years, the foundation has provided $4.7 million in grants to community organizations across Canada.

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