Manulife donates $50,000 to Fort McMurray wildfire relief efforts

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WATERLOO, ON, May 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Manulife announced today that it will donate $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with wildfire relief and recovery efforts in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Manulife will also match employee donations.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by the wildfire in Fort McMurray," said Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. "We deeply appreciate the efforts of all who are helping their fellow Canadians get through this difficult time and we want to contribute to those efforts."

Over 80,000 Fort McMurray residents were displaced from their homes— the largest fire evacuation in Alberta's history— since the first evacuation notice on May 3. Approximately 90 per cent of homes have been destroyed in some areas.

Canadian Red Cross volunteers continue to respond on multiple fronts, providing critical services including family reunification, shelter support, and registration for evacuees.

About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions.  We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere.  We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions.  At the end of 2015, we had approximately 34,000 employees, 63,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers.  At the end of December 2015, we had $935 billion (US$676 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $24.6 billion in benefits, interest and other payments to our customers.  Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years.  With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.  Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit www.manulife.com or www.johnhancock.com.

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

For further information: Media Contact: Brooke Tucker-Reid, Manulife, 647-528-9601, Brooke_Tucker-Reid@Manulife.com

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