Telus and Tom Harris Cellular have donated 600 smartphones with one-year plans to the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC), helping women facing violence during the COVID-19 crisis. “This donation could not have come at a more crucial time,” said EVA BC Executive Director Tracy Porteous.
“A phone is a critical tool for those facing violence to help them communicate with advocates and first responders,” Porteous added. The phones donated by Telus will provide an urgent lifeline for women facing violence and abuse, allowing them to stay closely connected with community anti-violence service providers.
According to the federal government, domestic and sexualized violence have risen 20-30% in some regions across Canada since COVID-19. “Everyone is facing profound human challenges that require our attention now more than ever,” said Greg Marriette, President and CEO of Tom Harris Cellular.
“Telus has long been committed to using the power of our technology to support Canadians, and in particular those that are vulnerable,” said Jill Schnarr, Telus Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Communication. “This donation will provide a critical lifeline to those living in the risk of domestic violence, ensuring they can stay connected to their support networks. We hope this connection will help save lives.”
The value of the donated phones with plans is approximately $700,000.