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Wounded Warrior Fund Announces Striped Hbc Blankets to be
sent to Injured Soldiers
Friday, November 2, 2007 – Toronto - As Canadians commemorate the contributions of soldiers past and present this Remembrance Day, the Sapper
Mike McTeague Wounded Warrior Fund continues its efforts to support wounded Canadian soldiers around the world. The Fund today announced that it has secured its first corporate sponsor, the Hudson’s Bay Company (Hbc), which will provide traditional striped blankets for the Fund’s ‘Wounded Warrior Packs’.
“Just like the soldiers who fought before them, we ask these young people to
help protect the rights and freedoms that we cherish, and they do a mighty job
representing Canada,” said Fund founder Captain Wayne Johnston. “’The
Wounded Warrior Packs’ may seem like a small thing, but they speak volumes to our soldiers. It reminds them that the folks back home are thinking of them.”
The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warrior Fund was started by Captain
Wayne Johnston and Sean McTeague, the father of Canadian soldier Sapper
Mike McTeague. Mike and his counterparts were struck by a suicide bomb in
Panjwayi District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, which ultimately killed four
Canadian soldiers and severely injured several others, including McTeague.
McTeague was rushed to Landstuhl, Germany where he received urgent medical
care. Mike has since returned to Canada and is undergoing rehabilitation. His
experience caused Mike’s father and Captain Johnston to launch the Wounded
Warrior Fund in Mike’s name.
Among the programs the Fund created is the ‘Wounded Warrior Packs’. When a
soldier leaves an operational theatre due to injury, they do so quickly and without warning. Often, they have only the clothes on their back. This program sets out to alleviate this deficiency by contributing items to enhance their quality of life.
‘Wounded Warrior Packs’ contain a variety of items, which includes individual
entertainment devices (like DVD players, MP3 players) to personal blankets,
including the Hbc striped blanket.
“It’s great to have Hbc, the oldest Company in Canada, on board with this
donation of striped blankets,” said Johnston. “The Hbc blanket is a Canadian
icon that is instantly recognized by people around the world and cherished by our soldiers.”
In addition to donations of DVD movies, music CD’s and audio books on CD, the
Fund is now recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as an official charity.
Tax receipts can be issued for donations of $20 or more.
The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warrior Fund can be reached via
www.woundedwarriors.ca or by mail at:
The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warrior Fund
PO Box # 141
Whitby, Ontario L1M 1B5
For more information or to interview Captain Johnston about this initiative:
Captain Wayne Johnston
Director, Corporate Communications