Insurer sets up $300,000 SI Room at Kwun Tong centre
Hong Kong— Manulife Charitable Foundation has donated $300,000 to the Heep Hong Society to equip a Sensory Integrative (SI) Room at its Mary Wong Centre in Kwun Tong — to be called the Manulife SI Room.
SI therapy is a globally recognised technique for helping children with sensory-processing problems to overcome their handicap. Among the target groups that it is known to benefit are those suffering from arrested development, autistic spectrum disorders, specific learning difficulties and coordination disorders.
The SI Room will contain specially designed facilities for climbing, swinging, sliding, landing and tactile stimulation — all useful for developing motor functions, body coordination, organisational skills and attention and learning abilities.
Michael Huddart, Executive Vice President & General Manager for Manulife in Hong Kong, commented: “We are known — indeed, officially recognised — as a Caring Company, committed to improving the quality of life of Hong Kong people. While all segments of our society are equally important, the future of Hong Kong rests with its young generation and we would therefore like them to have every opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.
“In this, our 110th anniversary year, we are more conscious than ever of the way in which Manulife has grown up with the territory — and more determined than ever to support Hong Kong’s growth in the years to come. Young people hold the key to this development and we believe that those with disadvantages deserve all the help we can give them.”
Established in 1963, the Heep Hong Society is Hong Kong’s largest service provider of early intervention and education for children with special needs. Currently, it has 27 service units, serving around 5,000 families, and 13 of them are equipped with SI Rooms. Manulife has long been an active supporter of the Society and last year the company distributed Olympic mascot toys to one of its centres in Chai Wan as part of its “Olympic Smiles” programme.
Manulife itself supports the Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (MCCSLD) at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong — a recognised pacesetter for professional guidance and assistance in its field, particularly for dyslexic children. The MCCSLD was set up under the sponsorship of Manulife Charitable Foundation in 1999.
About Manulife Charitable Foundation
The Manulife Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization set up by Manulife (International) Limited in 1998 to support and promote educational, health and charitable activities for the betterment of public welfare in Hong Kong. It has sponsored the Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities since 1999 with a mandate to assist children with specific learning difficulties, and their parents and teachers, by studying how to identify children in need of assistance and help them develop to their full potential.
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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Helena Lee / Jeanie Ho
Manulife (International) Limited
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