Students across Canada Help Raise $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity

Students across Canada Help Raise $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity 
Genworth Canada writing contest receives nearly 5,000 entries from coast to 
TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Being grateful for what she has, inspired 
11-year old Chaamindri Fernando from Winnipeg, Manitoba to write the winning 
essay in Genworth Canada's sixth annual Meaning of Home contest. 
"I share a room with my brother
But I should have my own
He always makes a mess. 
But I changed my mind when I knew
You slept on road side benches
Shivering in the cold
Sometimes wet in the rain…" 
The Meaning of Home contest invites Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from across 
Canada to submit a written essay about what home means to them for a chance to 
direct $60,000 to a Habitat for Humanity build of their choice in Canada and 
receive a pizza party for their entire school. 
Chaamindri's essay was chosen among close to 5,000 entries from all parts of 
Canada. Participation over 2011 grew by more than 55 per cent this year, and 
more than 250 per cent in some provinces. 
"We are thrilled to see such a significant hike in participation this year," 
said Brian Hurley, chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada. "It's rewarding to 
know that our contest inspires children, teachers and parents across the 
country to reflect on what home truly means and take action to help provide a 
home for families in need." 
Since inception in 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has resulted in 
approximately $570,000 in total grants from Genworth Canada being directed to 
more than 30 Canadian Habitat affiliates. With Genworth Canada donating an 
additional $5 per entry again this year, every participating student helped 
bring a family closer to homeownership. 
"In Canada, the homes of a staggering 1.5 million families are unsafe, too 
small, or unaffordable," said Mark Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat 
for Humanity Canada. "Each year, the Meaning of Home contest demonstrates the 
passion of today's youth in ensuring that all children have a good place to 
call home at the end of the day." 
Chaamindri has chosen Habitat for Humanity Manitoba as the beneficiary of her 
$60,000 prize grant. Five runners-up were also selected and awarded a $5,000 
grant each to direct to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate of their choice. The 
runners-up and their Habitat beneficiaries are the following: 

    --  Andrew Geffrion, Kanesatake, Québec - Habitat for Humanity Deux
    --  Annalies Henckel, Courtenay, British Columbia - Habitat for
        Humanity Vancouver Island North
    --  Sammi Szeto, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Habitat for Humanity Nova
    --  Denver Winch, Oakville, Ontario - Habitat for Humanity Halton
    --  Abby Howard, Whitby, Ontario - Habitat for Humanity Durham

For the first time this year, students were invited to post videos describing 
what home means to them for a chance to win additional prizes. The videos are 
available at

To read Chaamindri's complete essay and the other winning entries, visit

About Genworth Canada
Genworth Canada is the brand name of Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance 
Company Canada, a subsidiary of Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX:MIC) and the 
country's largest private residential mortgage insurer. The Company provides 
mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making 
homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Through innovative 
processing technology, differentiated customer service offerings and a robust 
risk management framework, Genworth Canada has delivered exceptional value, 
thought leadership, and safety and soundness to the housing market for nearly 
two decades. Genworth Canada continues to have a strong balance sheet and as 
of September 30, 2012, the Company had $5.6 billion total assets and $2.9 
billion shareholders' equity. Find out more at

Habitat for Humanity Canada:
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit 
organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent 
place to live. With the help of over 50,000 volunteers every year and 69 
affiliate organizations from coast to coast, their mission is to mobilize 
volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting 
homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around 
the world. For more information, please visit

For additional information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Lisa Azzuolo Genworth Canada 905.287.5520

SOURCE: Genworth MI Canada

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