TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - As thousands of Syrians prepare to seek
refuge in Canada, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) is
responding to the Government of Canada's call to support settlement
efforts. Sun Life has launched an employee and advisor donation
matching program with all funds going to the Canadian Red Cross to
support Syrian refugees starting a new life in Canada. Employee and
advisor personal donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Sun
Life Financial up to a total maximum of $50,000. This is in addition to
the $50,000 Sun Life Financial already donated in September 2015 to
support the international Syrian relief efforts of the Canadian Red
"Sun Life Financial is pleased to be working closely with the Canadian
Red Cross who has extensive experience with refugee arrivals and is
well-equipped to assist as Canada offers sanctuary to families forced
to flee their homeland to escape violence and unrest," said Paul
Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life
Millions of people have been displaced since the Syrian crisis began
five years ago. The Government of Canada is preparing to welcome 25,000
Syrian refugees to Canada, with a large group arriving by the end of
"We're proud to join the global community to help meet the most critical
needs of the Syrian families arriving in Canada," said Kevin Dougherty,
President, Sun Life Financial Canada. "Our employees and customers
understand the importance of an immediate response to support relief
efforts that can make a difference to the lives of so many."
Canadians wishing to support families as they transition to their new
lives in Canada are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Syrian Refugee Arrival Appeal. Donations can be made online at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111, or at your local Red Cross office.
About Sun Life Financial
Celebrating 150 years in 2015, 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 and its partners have
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 September 30, 2015, the Sun Life Financial group of
companies had total assets under management of $846 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.
Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.
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