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Three Crossing Guards Take Home Top Honours in National Contest

November 19, 2007

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2007 – Federal Express Canada Ltd. ("FedEx Express Canada"), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and Safe Kids Canada announced today the winners of "Canada‘s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest."  Designed to raise awareness about the important role crossing guards play in preventing traffic injuries, the contest encourages schools, students, teachers and parents from across Canada to nominate exceptional crossing guards in their community.

The contest is part of the Pedestrian Safety Program, launched by FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada.  The program is aimed at reducing pedestrian injuries to Canadian children by increasing motorist awareness about school zone safety, providing long-term support to communities, making school zones more ‘walkable’, and teaching children safety tips.

"As the world’s largest express transportation company, FedEx Express places a high value on safety, both in the workplace and communities in which we operate.  Our employees drive and walk in thousands of communities every day, so safety is a vital element in our work. We are particularly concerned about pedestrian safety and are taking a proactive stance in heightening public awareness of this important issue," says Pina Starnino, vice president of operations for FedEx Express Canada.  "We congratulate today’s winners and the commitment they’ve shown to their community and to improving child safety."

FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada received nominations from students, teachers, and parents across Canada, praising their crossing guards’ ability to go above and beyond the call of duty. The winning nominations were those that highlighted the exceptional care and concern that each of the winners demonstrate when helping children cross the street.

The following individuals have been recognized for their outstanding contribution to the community and named one of Canada‘s favourite crossing guards:

  • Lisa Penney of Vanier Elementary School in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Students and staff say she is punctual, pleasant, helpful, loving, caring and safety-conscious.

  • Dave Hagan of Mary Ward Catholic School in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  He was an integral part of the safety committee that planned the pick-up and drop-off routines for the school’s Kiss and Ride area.

Sheila Gordon of Grief Point Elementary School in Powell River, British Columbia is a working nurse and mother of three children who volunteers her time to coordinate the school’s crossing guard program.

"This contest recognizes the men and women who help make a difference in our communities," says Pamela Fuselli of Safe Kids Canada.  "These three individuals, along with every crossing guard in the country, go to work every day, rain or shine, snow or slush, to ensure the safety of our children.  They deserve to be applauded for all their great work."

Winners will have a chance to celebrate their award, with students and teachers, at a school-wide pizza party held at each of the winners’ schools and sponsored by FedEx Express Canada. The contest winners will also receive a plaque commemorating their award.

About Safe Kids Canada

Safe Kids Canada is the national injury prevention program of Toronto‘s Hospital for Sick Children. The mission of Safe Kids Canada is to prevent injuries by educating the public about injury prevention and by working to create safer environments. Injuries are the leading cause of death among children in Canada. For more information contact Safe Kids Canada at 1-888-SAFE-TIPS or www.safekidscanada.ca.

About FedEx Express Canada

Federal Express Canada Ltd. is a global logistics and transportation company offering domestic and international shipping and electronic commerce solutions. The company uses advanced package status tracking systems, automated customs clearance services and a dedicated air and ground transportation network to serve Canadian and global markets. FedEx Express Canada employs approximately 5,000 people in over 60 facilities coast-to-coast. For more information, visit www.fedex.ca.

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