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MasterCard Canada and Roots Canada Announce Partnership in Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

National fundraising initiative and a $25,000 donation from MasterCard to help recruit volunteers for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada in-school mentoring program

TORONTO, November 14, 2008 MasterCard Canada and Roots Canada have officially kicked off the holiday season by launching Give a Little for Something Big, a national in-store fundraising initiative in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s (BBBSC) In-School Mentoring Program. From November 17th to December 24th, Roots and MasterCard will encourage consumers to help give a child an in-school mentor by making a $5 donation online or by adding $1.00 or more to their purchases at Roots Canada stores and at roots.com. To kick-start this fundraising initiative, MasterCard Canada has donated $25,000 to BBBSC.

“As business leaders with a strong sense of community, the partnership between MasterCard and Roots is a natural fit,” says Kevin Stanton, President, MasterCard Canada. “By supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, it is our hope that every child in Canada who needs a mentor or role model will have access to one. To be part of such an important initiative with an iconic company like Roots is something we are very proud of.”

“Roots is pleased to be joining forces with MasterCard Canada on this great initiative, as both organizations share a common goal of supporting the community,” says Michael Budman, Co-Founder, Roots Canada. “At Roots, we believe that the ultimate gift is helping others, and adding as little as $1.00 to your purchase this holiday season can mean that another child who needs a role model will receive one.”

“We consider ourselves lucky to have support from a generous and committed partner like MasterCard Canada and a leading Canadian retailer like Roots,” says Bruce MacDonald, President, BBBSC. “We’re hopeful that Canadians will give a little extra this holiday season so that we can expand our recruitment of volunteers in order to give Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the thousands of Canadian children on our waiting list.”

MasterCard and Roots are encouraging Canadians to support BBBSC while making their holiday gift purchases at Roots stores across the country. This initiative is being supported with national English and French TV, online and print media advertising, as well as Roots in-store signage and Roots cashier ask programs.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the nation’s largest youth mentoring organization providing quality adult mentoring services for 20,000 children in more than 900 communities. For more than ninety years, Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in your community have been there to help provide a positive influence in the life of a child when one is needed.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada believes in a future where Every Child In Canada Who Needs A Mentor Has A Mentor. Join our effort to help Canadian children and youth, visit www.sharealittlemagic.ca to find out how you or your organization can get involved.

About Roots Canada
Roots is Canada’s leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, active athletic wear, yoga wear, accessories and home furnishings. Founded in 1973 with a tiny store in Toronto selling natural footwear, Roots today has more than 120 retail locations in Canada and the United States, and 65 in Asia. In addition, Roots has a state-of-the-art leather goods factory and design centre in Toronto.

About MasterCard Worldwide
MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link between financial institutions, businesses, cardholders, and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor, and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes close to 18 billion payments each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institutions, customers, and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®, MasterCard Worldwide serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, go to www.mastercard.com.

For more information:

Julie Wilson
MasterCard Canada
416-365-5594
Julie_Wilson@mastercard.com

Robert Sarner
Roots Canada
416-781-3574, ext. 4280
rsarner@roots.com

Bruce MacDonald
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
905-639-0461, ext. 18
bmacdonald@bbbsc.ca