Genworth Canada's Annual Meaning of Home Writing Contest Launches across Canada
TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Starting today, students in grades 4, 5 and 6 across Canada are invited to submit an essay about what home means to them for a chance to win great prizes and help fund the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in Canada. Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home Contest, now in its eighth year, has directed nearly $700,000 to Habitat for Humanity homebuilding nationwide.
"Last year, we received more than 7,000 entries from Victoria all the way to St. John's," said Anita Booth, Marketing and Community Relations Leader with Genworth Canada. "We are hoping 2014 will be another record-breaking year and are calling upon parents and teachers across Canada to help us. Encourage your children and students to participate and allow them to experience the satisfaction that comes with doing something positive for their community."
"We are grateful to Genworth Canada for this contest, which has helped Habitat for Humanity provide affordable homeownership to low-income families in more than 50 communities across Canada," said Mark Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "In addition to raising awareness and funds for Habitat, this contest also encourages creative thought among our youth and that is something that can have a lasting impact."
QUICK PRIZE FACTS
- $60,000 grand prize grant from Genworth Canada directed to a Habitat for Humanity project of the winner's choice
- Grand Prize winner also receives an iPad and pizza party for their entire school
- Grand Prize winner's entry will be published as an illustrated book – view a copy of last year's "Home Sweet Home" book at http://meaningofhome.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Happy_Home_for_Everyone_final.pdf
- $5,000 grant from Genworth Canada directed by each of five runner-ups to a Habitat for Humanity project of their choice
- Each of the five runners-ups will also receive an iPod and pizza party for their class
- Genworth Canada will donate an additional $5 per entry to local Habitat for Humanity builds where the essays are submitted
Essays can be submitted online and are tracked by region for friendly competition among cities and provinces for who can raise the most funds. Students who want to help people in their community and help catapult their region to first place can submit an entry at www.meaningofhome.ca until November 10, 2014. Visit the contest website for additional details, including how to enter the separate video competition. The contest winner and runner-ups will be announced in January 2015.
About 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 63,000 volunteers every year and 58 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 www.habitat.ca.
About Genworth Canada
Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (Genworth Canada), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada. The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology, and a robust risk management framework. For almost two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system. As at June 30, 2014, Genworth Canada had $5.7 billion total assets and $3.3 billion total shareholders' equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.
SOURCE: Genworth Canada
For further information: For additional information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Lisa Azzuolo, Genworth Canada, 905.287.5520 or Lisa.Azzuolo@genworth.com