Canadians volunteer over 130,000 hours for charity
Canadians surpass goal of 125,000 hours
Société pour les Enfants Handicapés du Québec receives $10,000 donation
WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Launched during National Volunteer
Week in April 2012, Canadians collectively pledged just over 130,000
hours of volunteer work to causes near and dear to their hearts during
Manulife Financial's DRIVE to 125 initiative.
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Manulife began the DRIVE to 125 social-cause campaign to
help encourage and promote volunteerism by encouraging Canadians to
collectively pledge 125,000 volunteer hours. "At Manulife we believe
that every volunteer, every volunteer act and every hour given back is
an investment in the future of all Canadians," said Nicole Boivin,
Chief Branding and Communications Officer at Manulife Financial. "The
fact that we surpassed our goal is a great testament to the generosity
and giving nature of our citizens."
Promoted on the Get Volunteering Facebook page, Canadians were asked to
pledge volunteer hours and register for a chance to win a donation for
a charity of their choice. The campaign ended on December 5th, 2012, a date recognized worldwide as the United Nation's International
Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development.
The draw winner was DRIVE to 125 participant Marc-Antoine Charette. He
has directed the $10,000 donation to the Société pour les Enfants
Handicapés du Québec/Quebec Society for Disabled Children.
"I was thrilled to find out I was the DRIVE to 125 winner," shared
Marc-Antoine Charette. "Manulife's donation will enable the Quebec
Society for Disabled Children's volunteers and employees to continue
their important work with disabled kids and, on their behalf, let me
say thank you!"
"For 85 years, no one has worked more passionately for the Quebec
Society for Disabled Children than our volunteers -the selfless people
who keep us going," said Ronald Davidson, Executive Director. "That's
why we're taking up Manulife's initiative to inspire a whole new
generation of volunteers like Marc-Antoine. Their contribution will
help the most vulnerable in our communities reach their full
Highlights from DRIVE to 125, including a breakdown of the pledged
volunteer hours by category and region, can be found on the Get
Volunteering Facebook page.
"We are so pleased with the results from the campaign," added Ms.
Boivin. "We had learned through the recent Canadian Survey of Giving,
Volunteering and Participating that less than half of all Canadians
volunteered between 2007 and 2010 and we wanted to encourage more
people to give back. We thank everyone who pledged hours and made an
investment of time in their community."
About Manulife's commitment to volunteerism
Every day Manulife helps Canadians prepare for their future. The
Manulife Volunteer Commitment focuses on helping Canadians build a
better future on three important levels: by inspiring Canadians to want
to get involved and give back; by supporting initiatives that help
Canadians match their unique skills and talents with meaningful
volunteer opportunities; and by engaging Canadians in the idea of
volunteerism and its value to the future of our country. To learn
more, visit www.manulife.ca or Get Volunteering on Facebook.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In
2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable,
trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant
financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and
distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management
products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$515 billion (US$523
billion) as at September 30, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the
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 at manulife.com.
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
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Tracy Van Kalsbeek