Canadians volunteer over 130,000 hours for charity
-- Canadians surpass goal of 125,000 hours
-- Société pour les Enfants Handicapés du Québec receives $10,000
WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Launched during National Volunteer Week in
April 2012, Canadians collectively pledged just over 130,000 hours of
volunteer work to causes near and dear to their hearts during Manulife
Financial's DRIVE to 125 initiative.
In celebration of its 125(th) anniversary, Manulife began the DRIVE to 125
social-cause campaign to help encourage and promote volunteerism by
encouraging Canadians to collectively pledge 125,000 volunteer hours. "At
Manulife we believe that every volunteer, every volunteer act and every hour
given back is an investment in the future of all Canadians," said Nicole
Boivin, Chief Branding and Communications Officer at Manulife Financial. "The
fact that we surpassed our goal is a great testament to the generosity and
giving nature of our citizens."
Promoted on the Get Volunteering Facebook page, Canadians were asked to pledge
volunteer hours and register for a chance to win a donation for a charity of
their choice. The campaign ended on December 5(th), 2012, a date recognized
worldwide as the United Nation's International Volunteer Day for Economic and
The draw winner was DRIVE to 125 participant Marc-Antoine Charette. He has
directed the $10,000 donation to the Société pour les Enfants Handicapés du
Québec/Quebec Society for Disabled Children.
"I was thrilled to find out I was the DRIVE to 125 winner," shared
Marc-Antoine Charette. "Manulife's donation will enable the Quebec Society for
Disabled Children's volunteers and employees to continue their important work
with disabled kids and, on their behalf, let me say thank you!"
"For 85 years, no one has worked more passionately for the Quebec Society for
Disabled Children than our volunteers -the selfless people who keep us going,"
said Ronald Davidson, Executive Director. "That's why we're taking up
Manulife's initiative to inspire a whole new generation of volunteers like
Marc-Antoine. Their contribution will help the most vulnerable in our
communities reach their full potential."
Highlights from DRIVE to 125, including a breakdown of the pledged volunteer
hours by category and region, can be found on the Get Volunteering Facebook
"We are so pleased with the results from the campaign," added Ms. Boivin. "We
had learned through the recent Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and
Participating that less than half of all Canadians volunteered between 2007
and 2010 and we wanted to encourage more people to give back. We thank
everyone who pledged hours and made an investment of time in their community."
About Manulife's commitment to volunteerism
Every day Manulife helps Canadians prepare for their future. The Manulife
Volunteer Commitment focuses on helping Canadians build a better future on
three important levels: by inspiring Canadians to want to get involved and
give back; by supporting initiatives that help Canadians match their unique
skills and talents with meaningful volunteer opportunities; and by engaging
Canadians in the idea of volunteerism and its value to the future of our
country. To learn more, visit www.manulife.ca or Get Volunteering on
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with
principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we
celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and
forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our
international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers
financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions
of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional
customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries
were C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30, 2012. The Company
operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John
Hancock in the United States.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and
under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at
Media contact: Tracy Van Kalsbeek Manulife Financial 519-594-4697
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
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