Manulife donates $10,000 to Manitoba Flood Response

    WATERLOO, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - Manulife will donate $10,000 to the
Canadian Red Cross to support efforts to assist those affected by flooding
along the Red River in Manitoba. This flood is expected to be one of the most
severe of the past 100 years.
    "We have been advised by the Canadian Red Cross that hundreds of people
will need help in the days and weeks ahead and we're pleased that we can
support these efforts," said Paul Rooney, President and CEO, Manulife Canada.
    As the Manitoba flood of 2009 unfolds people are trying to cope. Ice
jams, river levels and overland flooding have wreaked havoc for many. Hundreds
have been evacuated from their homes, while many more remain on standby. For
those forced to evacuate some will be unable to return home for days and
weeks. Those who have lost their homes are faced with a long road to recovery.
    The Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba has been actively responding to this
crisis since the flood threat began. Donations to the Manitoba Flood Response
will be used to address those urgent and essential recovery needs of affected
residents. These services may include food, household goods and

    How you can make a donation:

    -   Call toll free at 1-800-418-1111

    -   Online at

    -   In person at your local Red Cross office in Winnipeg at 1111 Portage
        Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 0S8 or in Brandon at Unit 3-613 10th
        Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G6

    By mailing a cheque or money order (no cash in the mail, please) to your
local Red Cross office

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$405 billion
(US$330 billion) as at December 31, 2008.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial,
(519) 594-8578,

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