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Send the Gift of Cash, Help Build a School in Haiti

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Send the Gift of Cash, Help Build a School in Haiti

11:30 EDT Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Western Union Teams Up with QHASUQ to Help Build a School in Duverger as Part of the Company's Education for Better Initiative

MONTREAL, July 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting in July, people in Quebec who send money to Haiti are also helping to build a school in Haiti. For every qualifying consumer-to-consumer Western Union® Money TransferSM transaction sent from Laurentian Bank, Insta Chèques, and Super C locations in the province of Quebec to Haiti from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2013, Western Union will make a donation to QHASUQ, a Quebec-based Haitian non-profit organization, to help build a school in the village Duverger.

This initiative is part of the Western Union Education for Better initiative, a three-year commitment to grow young minds and help meet global education goals.

"Western Union Canada is proud to support QHASUQ—it's truly an example of how we help move money for better," said Don DeLair, vice president and general manager, Canada, Western Union. "Education is one of the main reasons our customers send money and we believe it's the best path toward a solid financial future. We're excited to see our customers in Quebec rally behind this campaign to help finish the school before classes begin in October."

During the three-month period, Western Union will donate 50 cents to QHASUQ for every qualifying consumer-to-consumer Western Union Money Transfer transaction sent from participating Agent locations in Quebec to Haiti, up to a maximum of US$20,000. More than 260 Banque Laurentienne, Insta Chèques, and Super C Agent locations are participating in this initiative.

"We are very appreciative of this support from Western Union," said Yves Marthone, treasurer, QHASUQ Foundation. "This contribution is truly making a difference toward improving education in Haiti and shows a commitment to the reconstruction of the country in both infrastructure and education."

Located in the mountains outside of Miragoâne, the village of Duverger is isolated and difficult to access. There aren't any schools easily accessible nearby. The new primary school, once completed will have eight classrooms, an administration building with offices, a toilet block, a kitchen, and a playground and will welcome around 200 students.

Western Union has been helping the people of Haiti since 2003. Collectively, with grants from the Western Union Foundation, in-kind company donations, and donations from its network of Agents, the Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation have donated more than US$7 million to Haiti.

About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 515,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories and approximately 100,000 ATMs. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. With the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has committed more than $86.9 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,627 nongovernmental organizations in more than 130 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.

About QHASUQ
The QHASUQ Foundation is a registered Canadian non-profit organization with the goal of promoting universal and quality education in Haiti. QHASUQ organizes various activities to mobilize human, material, financial, logistical, and organizational resources in order to provide tangible and measurable support to achieve its goal. After several years of trial and error in the direct sponsorship of children in remote areas of Haiti, QHASUQ now commits its support in the construction of schools to make a real difference and help the Foundation in a more practical way to achieve its goal and objectives. The Duverger project is the first school being built under the new commitment of the Foundation to support-the construction of schools in poor areas of Haiti. For more information, please visit www.qhasuq.org.

SOURCE: Western Union

For further information:

Media Contact:  
Kathy Bell
+1 (720) 332-5248
kathy.bell@westernunion.com

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