Longueuil Qc, January 21, 2010 – Following the major earthquake in Haïti, the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) inc. announced today that it is making a $100,000 donation to Oxfam Quebec to provide assistance to the people affected by this terrible disaster. This donation will be added to the funds collected throughout the PJC Jean Coutu network since January 14. As of today, more than $250,000 has been raised through this fundraising program.
As announced last week, customers of the Jean Coutu drugstores in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick can assist victims of the earthquake by making a donation in all the network’s establishments. The amount donated will be added to their bill. All the funds collected will be donated to Oxfam in support of the emergency intervention operations.
“We know a disaster of this magnitude requires an overwhelming amount of support. Doing our part to assist in the National and International efforts to help victims and families is extremely important to us,” said François J. Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jean Coutu Group. “We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and months to find out how we can further assist in the relief effort”.
About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Company operates a network of 366 franchised stores in Canada located in the provinces of Québec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, and employs more than 17,000 people. Furthermore, as of December 2007, we own Pro Doc Ltd ("Pro Doc"), a Québecbased subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs. The Company also holds a significant interest in Rite Aid Corporation ("Rite Aid") a national chain of drugstores in the United States with more than 4,800 drugstores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.