Share card games from the Quebec Breakfast Club with your loved ones

Montréal, 20 November 2006 - 

After the success of last year’s piggy bank fundraiser, the Quebec Breakfast Club and National Bank are teaming up once again to help the club raise money for disadvantaged children. This year, the piggy banks will be replaced by a colourful pig-shaped deck of cards and a fun memory game, in the shape of a kitty.

Starting today until December 30, you can bring these animal pals home for just $5 each and delight a child in your life while helping children get a good start to their day.

For the first time this year, both games will be sold nationwide in all National Bank branches with proceeds in Quebec going to the Quebec Breakfast Club and proceeds elsewhere donated to the Breakfast Clubs of Canada*. Last year’s piggy bank campaign raised close to $250,000 in Quebec alone, helping volunteers serve 2 million breakfasts to 14,250 children in 199 schools across the province.

With the support of National Bank’s entire branch network, both partners are confident that they will raise even more money this year to help Canadian children. Daniel Germain, President and Founder of the Quebec Breakfast Club, hopes this campaign will help children everywhere: “We are very proud to partner with National Bank, whose expertise and branch network are key elements to the Club’s continued growth.  Giving one of these games to your children or grandchildren this holiday season will not only make them happy, it will also lend a hand to thousands of other young people you’ve never met and who, thanks to you, will now have a better chance at succeeding in life.”

Proceeds raised during this activity will be used not only to help us feed thousands of children, but also to help some of them take part in exciting outings and meet with prominent citizens. The goal of all these activities is to foster respect for others, self-esteem and cooperation among young people. “At the Club, we believe that to grow up healthy, kids need protein and vitamins as well as confidence, dreams and inspiration. That is why your contribution is so important to us,” Mr. Germain added.

* For more information about the Quebec Breakfast Club and/or Breakfast Clubs of Canada, consult their Internet sites at www.clubdejeuners.org or www.breakfastclubscanada.org.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has close to $109 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,183 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone numbers provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Senior Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644

Marie-Claude Bienvenue
Quebec Breakfast Club
Tel.: 514-862-2704 or 450-641-3230, ext. 224