TORONTO, April 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF)
(NYSE: SLF) announced today that it will donate C$50,000 to the
Canadian Red Cross as it responds to the ongoing emergency in Ecuador.
The contribution will come from the Sun Life Financial International
Response Fund at the Canadian Red Cross, which enables support to be
deployed rapidly to areas in need.
A state of emergency has been declared for Ecuador after a 7.8 magnitude
earthquake has devastated the coastal region, followed by a second
magnitude 6.2 earthquake, claiming hundreds of lives and injuring
thousands more. With roads badly damaged, bridges collapsed, and power
supplies affected, food, water and sanitation, shelter and health
assistance for survivors are immediate priorities. The Red Cross and a
National Disaster Response Team have been deployed to carry out a rapid
assessment of the humanitarian needs following the earthquake.
"Our thoughts are with the people of Ecuador and supporting them, in
addition to the volunteers on the ground who are providing first aid,
and helping with search, rescue and relief efforts," said Paul Joliat,
Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life
The Sun Life Financial International Response Fund, the first
international corporate sponsorship of its kind, was established in
partnership with the Canadian Red Cross in 2005 to help accelerate
emergency response to large-scale international crises. Administered by
the Canadian Red Cross, the Fund has helped provide immediate relief
and resources to natural disasters and crises in Canada and around the
Canadians can make a donation to the Ecuador Earthquake Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross response efforts.
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.
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