Burlington, ON – Two of Canada’s leading providers of fun are teaming up to support Canada’s largest youth mentoring organization as Best Buy Canada and Nintendo today announced they will be working together to raise funds. Entitled ‘Hallo Wii’ both Nintendo and Best Buy Canada will be contributing $1.00 each to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada from the sale of Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ consoles from Friday, October 26th to Thursday, November 1st.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have two leaders in the electronic entertainment business partner to support our organization” stated Karen Fonseth, Chair of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada “We are currently serving over 24,000 children in Canada in quality mentoring relationships, a fact that would not be possible without the support of caring corporations like Best Buy Canada and Nintendo”
“Best Buy Canada is pleased to continue to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada as part of our ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of children and youth across Canada” says Charles Tobin, Vice President of Store Operations, Best Buy Canada. “This is an excellent opportunity for Best Buy customers to get one of the hottest gifts for holiday this year, while supporting a worthy cause.”
“It is a pleasure to be able to support Canadian youth through this innovative partnership with Best Buy and Big Brothers and Sisters of Canada” says Ron Bertram, vice president and general manager, Nintendo of Canada.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a national organization with 150 member agencies reaching over 1,000 communities. In 2006, 24,312 children were involved in mentoring programs with a caring, safe mentor. There are approximately 10,000 children waiting for a mentor volunteer, some waiting over two years.
About Best Buy Stores – Canada
Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY). Best Buy is Canada’s fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer (www.BestBuy.ca) of consumer electronics, computers and entertainment products and also operates the Geek Squad (www.GeekSquad.ca), a technology service provider specializing in computer support and home theatre installation. There are currently 48 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and their local communities and has a comprehensive community relations program described at www.BestBuy.ca/community.
For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit www.BestBuy.ca
The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.ca.
For more information please contact:
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
905-639-0461 ext 18
Best Buy Canada
Cohn & Wolfe Toronto
416-924-5700 x4092 / 4089