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April 21, 2005

Eastlink, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation (QEHF) to continue building relationship and success of Eastlink Television 21-Hour Equipment Drive

On the eve of the 21-Hour Equipment Drive, Eastlink Co-CEO Dan McKeen pledged that Eastlink would continue to broadcast the Eastlink Television 21-Hour Equipment Drive in support of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. Eastlink pledged its ongoing support to QEH Chair Stan MacPherson while visiting the hospital and attending a demonstration of the soon-to-be purchased CAT Scan technology.

"Eastlink is pleased to be broadcasting and supporting the QEH Foundation as it works to raise monies to purchase new medical equipment for Prince Edward Island," said Dan McKeen, Co-CEO, Eastlink. "We have been a proud supporter of the 21- Hour Equipment Drive for the past nine years and feel it is important to recognize the volunteers, the production team and the QEH Foundation for all their hard work in this telethon's success."

Funds raised from this year's equipment drive will be used to purchase a new CAT Scan for the hospital. The CAT Scan, which will replace the existing machine that is 15 years old, will be installed over the next few months and should be operational by summer.

"There is a very special relationship between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Eastlink," said Mr. Stan MacPherson, Chair of the QEH Foundation. "As the Major Referral Hospital, we serve all Islanders. With the help of Eastlink each year, we are able to reach almost every community on Prince Edward Island and profile the Island's best entertainment. Patients have the opportunity to share their experiences about the care they received and community leaders do their part by reading pledges, doing cheque presentations and answering phones. Most importantly, it's the generosity of Islanders who make the event a success. It's a winning combination that just keeps getting better and better each year."

Mayor of Charlottetown Clifford Lee presented $10,000 from the city to John MacLean, Chair of this year's 21-Hour Equipment Drive toward the new CAT Scan. "The City of Charlottetown is pleased to help our Island hospital and to kick-start this weekend's event, said Mayor Lee. "The QEH is important to all Prince Edward Islanders."

Eastlink employees and volunteers play an important role in the success of each year's telethon. Last year over 300 volunteers played a role in the telethon's success helping raise more than $373,000.

The Eastlink 21-Hour Equipment Fundraising Drive will be held Saturday April 23 from Noon until Midnight and from 9AM until 6PM on Sunday, April 24. Everyone is encouraged to call in a pledge at 877-336-1466 or to bid on an item from the auction at 866-399-2005.

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