Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Herbal Magic centres launches Courage to Change campaign
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 3 Nov 2006, p. 8

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For the month of November, Herbal Magic Weight Loss and Nutrition Centres -- with locations in both Acton and Georgetown-- will be urging communities across the country to support their local women's shelters with the launch of its Courage to Change Campaign. The Courage to Change Campaign was born out of an idea to help abused women and honour their courage to change their lives. Throughout November Herbal Magic centres across Canada will collect funds from the community as well as 'nurture items' such as paper towels, tissues and toilet paper-- items identified by local shelters as expensive and fundamentally important. Each centre has been matched with the closest women's shelter in its area and all funds and products will be donated directly. The local shelter in north Halton is Halton Women's Place. "Change takes support and courage," said Barb Botten, vice-president of Marketing at Herbal Magic Corporate Office. "We knew 85 per cent of spousal assault victims in Canada were women. But, when we put out an internal memo to our employees and franchisees about our intention to do this campaign, we were overwhelmed by the staggering number of women within our organization who said they too have at one time been victims. This made our drive that much more meaningful." Fifty-six per cent of women entering shelters are admitted with children of which over two thirds are under the age of 10 years. From April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2004, there were 95,326 admissions to 543 shelters for abused women across Canada. Herbal Magic is Canada's largest weight loss company with over 340 centres located from coast to coast. The Acton centre is located at 372 Queen St. (Sobeys Plaza) and the Georgetown centre is at 130 Guelph St. For more information on Herbal Magic's Courage to Change Campaign, visit www.herbalmagic.ca.

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Herbal Magic centres launches Courage to Change campaign