NEWS RELEASE: Vale Celebrates Sudbury Saturday Night with a $150,000 Donation to the Human League’s P.L.A.Y. Program

(left to right) Rod LaRoque, President, The Human League; John Pollesel, Chief Operating Officer, Vale Canada and Director of Base Metals for Vale's North Atlantic Region; Kelly Strong, Vale's Vice-President Mining and Miling for the North Atlantic Region and General Manager, Ontario Operations; Dana Marshall, Executive Director, The Human League; and Jerry Beaudry, Fundraising Coordinator, The Human League.

For Immediate Release

SUDBURY, February 13, 2012 – Vale celebrated another Sudbury Saturday Night on February 11th, with a $150,000 donation to the Human League’s Positive Leisure Activities for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) Program over the next three years.

“No child should have to miss out on playing a sport due to financial constraints,” said John Pollesel, Vale’s Chief Operating Officer, Vale Canada and Director of Base Metals for Vale’s North Atlantic Region. “Vale is pleased to support the Human League’s P.L.A.Y. Program and to provide the means for youth in our community to reach their potential through extracurricular activities.”

The Human League’s P.L.A.Y. Program removes financial barriers to extra curricular activities by providing registration and equipment costs for children to participate. The program focuses on a child’s self-image and self-esteem by giving him or her the necessary tools to access recreation in the community. Since its inception in 2003, the P.L.A.Y. program has helped over 4,800 children in the community get involved in hockey, soccer, music, dance and art programs.

“On behalf of the most vulnerable members of our community – the children – and the Human League team, I would like to extend my appreciation for your generous donation,” said Dana Marshall, Executive Director of the Human League. “It is through the generosity and kindness of corporations like Vale that The Human League is able to continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most”.

Vale’s donation was announced at centre ice at the company’s annual Sudbury Saturday Night hockey game. The event was a well attended as Vale purchased all of the 2,000 tickets that were available for the Wolves vs. the Sarnia Sting. The company invited its employees and members of the community to enjoy the game.
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Contact:

Danica Pagnutti     
Corporate Affairs Specialist    
Vale       
(705) 682-5202        
danica.pagnutti@vale.com     

Dana Marshall
Executive Director
The Human League
(705) 670-8633
nutrition.humanleague@bellnet.ca

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