TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial announced today it
will contribute $100,000 to support relief efforts for those affected
by the severe flooding in the Philippines brought on by Tropical Storm
Haiyan. The contribution will come from the Sun Life Financial
International Response Fund at the Canadian Red Cross, which will allow
the emergency support to be deployed rapidly to the area.
Sun Life Financial has clients, employees and advisors living in the
areas impacted by the floods. "We want to express our sympathy and
support for residents whose lives have been severely affected by this
devastating storm," said Riza Mantaring, President, Sun Life Financial
Philippines. "We are donating $100,000 to the Red Cross to help assist
with much needed disaster recovery efforts." Sun Life Financial's
donation will be used to meet the critical needs of affected residents
who have been hard hit by evacuations, power outages and water
shortages. It will help support the Red Cross in their efforts to meet
basic needs by providing food, clothing, cots, blankets, hygiene kits
and emergency shelters.
"We've been in the Philippines since 1895, and we want to do our part to
help the country - particularly in this time of need," said Kevin
Strain, President, Sun Life Financial Asia. "We're thankful that this
donation can be used immediately and that it will focus on the most
critical needs of the Filipino people."
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 it 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 in Canada and around the world.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate
customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key
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, 2013 the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total
assets under management of $590 billion. For more information please
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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