HOUSTON, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Each day across North America, Direct Energy® and its family of brands, power and service our customers' homes and businesses. Now, children's hospitals will get support powering the lives of their patients, thanks to a recent Direct Energy program. Every year in October, employees at Direct Energy participate in a fitness challenge called DE in Motion. For every mile an employee walks, runs, bikes, jogs or even swims, Direct Energy makes a donation. Almost 3,000 employees moved more than 300,000 miles for a total donation of $150,000. The money will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®, partnering with Direct Energy and its brands of services that include One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and Mister Sparky®.
"Our mission is to make a difference in people's lives. This donation to local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, will be making a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve. I am proud of our employees for the passion they put into this program," said Badar Khan, President and CEO of Direct Energy.
"It's been inspiring to see Direct Energy employees and brands help local kids gain the health and energy they need to enjoy childhood," said John Lauck, President and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "With the DE in Motion challenge, Direct Energy has already doubled last year's fundraising total. We're grateful for these vital donations that fund life-saving equipment and services, pediatric research and charitable care."
The funds collected will be distributed to the member Children's Miracle Network Hospitals serving the communities where Direct Energy has corporate offices including Houston, TX; Tulsa, OK; Iselin, NJ; Sarasota, FL; Buffalo Grove, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Tempe, AZ; Austin, TX; Columbia, MD and Calgary, Alberta.
About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services provider with nearly five million residential and commercial customers. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit www.directenergy.com.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
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