National Bank Financial Group collects close to 120,000 used tennis balls to benefit school children

Montreal, 25 November 2010 - 

National Bank Financial Group is pleased to announce the results of its fourth annual drive to recover used tennis balls under the “Recycle to give our kids a better environment” program. This year, close to 120,000 old tennis balls were collected for redistribution in some 200 Quebec schools, thanks to the generosity of thousands of Quebecers.

“Since the program’s inception, 375,000 used tennis balls have been distributed to various schools and school boards throughout Quebec,” stated Sylvie Roy, Vice-President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at National Bank Financial Group.  “This original initiative, which is unique to National Bank Financial Group, responds to a real need expressed by local schools to reduce classroom noise and promote a better learning environment for children.”

The thousands of tennis balls, which were collected during a tour of several tennis clubs in the province and at various major tournaments from June to September, willbe placed on the legs of students’ chairs and desks.  In addition, clients were encouraged to drop off their old tennis balls at any one of the Bank’s 66 participating branches in Quebec.

This year, all donors received a prize or an entry form to be completed online at www.nbc.ca/recyclingfor a chance to win one of six gift certificates: one grand prize of $2,000 and five prizes of $100 issued by The Getaway Boutique. The draw will take place on December 3.

The winners will be announced online at www.nbc.ca/recycling during the week of December 10.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that 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. 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 over $146 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,438 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. To access National Bank Financial Group’s financial education portal, visit www.clearfacts.ca.

Information: (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.)

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-6500