About 600 enthusiastic blood donors support the event
Hong Kong— Manulife (International) Limited (MIL) ran a company-wide blood drive at its office premises, which was held from May 29th to May 31st, in support of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service’s blood donation program. Blood donation centres were set up at three locations - Manulife Plaza in Causeway Bay, Manulife Tower in North Point and Manulife Provident Funds Place in Jordan. This year, about 600 blood donors, comprising staff and insurance/financial advisors, volunteered to give blood at the blood donation centres.
“Manulife has been supporting the program for more than 25 years, and it reflects our firm belief in ongoing community involvement. On another level, this initiative also helps spread the message about the constant need for blood to save lives,” said Michael Huddart, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Hong Kong, MIL. “It gives me great pleasure to see many of our staff and advisors support this meaningful cause, which demonstrates our strong sense of active contribution to the community,” added Mr. Huddart.
The corporate blood drive is an annual community initiative of Manulife. Since 1979, around 8,000 donors from Manulife have donated blood to the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service.
Dr. Lee Cheuk Kwong, Senior Medical Officer of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service said, “We are grateful to Manulife for their long time support. We hope more people who are eligible to come forward to help those who are in need of blood transfusion.”
Each Manulife blood donors received a book as a token of gratitude for their volunteer action. The book is a real life inspiration story about a woman who has cancer and fights the disease with admirable spirits.
The blood donation drive was organised by Manulife Recreation Club, which was set up in 1975 to coordinate recreational and welfare activities as well as community services for the company’s staff and insurance/financial advisors.
About Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service
The Hong Kong Red Cross started its voluntary non-remunerated blood donation program in 1952. The service has increased in strength and significance over the years. At present, the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service is the only organisation to supply blood to all the hospitals in Hong Kong.
About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies. 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$426 billion (approximately HK$2,889.4 billion) as at March 31, 2007.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as “MFC” on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under “0945” on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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