TORONTO, March 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
("Sun Life") is proud to team up with MLSE Foundation and the Toronto
Maple Leafs in the fight against diabetes. This unique partnership will
provide children living with type 1 diabetes, who may otherwise not
have the financial means to play hockey, the opportunity to participate
in a one-week hockey camp this summer. Participants will have the
opportunity to develop life skills such as teamwork, self-confidence
and respect, while learning the game of hockey and how they can manage
their disease on and off the ice.
"We're thrilled to team up with the MLSE Foundation in the fight against
diabetes," said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy &
Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. "At Sun Life, we see first-hand the
physical and financial impact diabetes can have on families. It's
programs like these that support our continued efforts to empower
Canadians to join us in both preventing and managing this disease."
As part of the program, Sun Life will donate $500 to MLSE Foundation for
every assist on a goal scored by the Leafs at all home games in March.
Sun Life has also called on Leafs Nation to participate in this
program. Each time fans tweet or retweet #SunLifeAgainstDiabetes during
Leafs home game days in March, an additional $5 will be donated, up to
a total maximum donation of $50,000.
"This program is a great way to get children living with type 1 diabetes
active and excited about healthy living," said Michael Bartlett,
Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. "With Sun Life's help, we're
engaging both the Toronto Maple Leafs and its passionate fan-base into
making a positive impact in the community, while helping children with
limited financial means learn positive life skills and how to manage
A portion of the money donated will also fund a hockey clinic for
children living with type 1 diabetes at the MasterCard Centre for
Hockey Excellence hosted by Sun Life and the Toronto Maple Leafs on
March 14. The clinic will include a diabetes education component that
will inform the community's youth about how to best manage their
disease and the importance of regular exercise and nutrition to
maintain a healthy lifestyle. Toronto Maple Leafs alumni will be
on-hand to participate in the clinic which will give these children an
opportunity to learn and to spend time with their hockey heroes.
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life
Financial group of companies.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life
Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including
Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the
Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore,
Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2015, the Sun Life
Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $891
billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
About MLSE Foundation
MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the
opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the
support of MLSE's teams, the Foundation funds the refurbishment of
local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports
and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation
has invested more than $19 million into our community. For more
information visit www.mlsefoundation.org, or follow @MLSEFoundation.
Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.
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Media Relations Contacts:
Manager, Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Coordinator, Corporate Communications, MLSE