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January 30, 2013
City of Toronto receives $250,000 donation for kids@computers project
The City of Toronto's Economic Development Committee today accepted a $250,000 donation from SelectCore Ltd. for the City's kids@computers Scholarship Project.

Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee, accepted the donation from SelectCore Chief Executive Officer Keith McKenzie and heard about the personal impact of the program from one of its participants.

"This program and the donation are a great example of how the public and private sector can work together to help those in need succeed," said Mayor Rob Ford. "I applaud all the partners involved for their commitment to this project. I'm pleased that SelectCore has come forward as a new partner."

"Since its inception, the kids@computers Scholarship Project has distributed almost 18,000 home computers to nearly 45,000 children,” Councillor Thompson said. “SelectCore’s generous donation will allow this exceptional program to continue its great work well into the future."

The City of Toronto's award winning kids@computers Scholarship Project has provided free computers and free Internet access to children of low-income families in Toronto for more than 10 years.

"I love the brand new computer I got from kids@computers," said 11-year-old project participant Tonya Ofori. "I'm excited to be able to do all of my assignments at home now and do research on the Internet."

"We are pleased to be able to contribute to this very worthy and beneficial program," said Keith McKenzie, CEO, SelectCore Ltd. "We are in the business of providing solutions for underserved markets, and today we are proud to be part of a solution that helps underprivileged students in our community."

SelectCore Ltd., a prepaid payment products and services company, is the City's supplier of the City Services Benefit Card. The company will donate a lump sum of $20,000 in addition to $230,000 of free Internet service over three years. In order to be officially received by the City of Toronto, receipt of the donation still requires confirmation by City Council when it is considered at Council's meeting in February.

SelectCore Ltd. provides prepaid payment products and services from stored-value cards to mobile top-up. More information is available at

A kids@computers scholarship is available to children of low-income families aged 8 to 14. More information is available at

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