New Manulife Children’s Resources Centre demonstrates the company’s commitment to helping children achieve their full potential
Hong Kong - Manulife (International) Limited has received the “Caring Company” honorific from the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the 10th consecutive year. The designation has special significance for the company as it recently set up a new Manulife Children’s Resources Centre to ease the pressure on pre-school special-education services in Kowloon East.
Manulife has been designated a “Caring Company” since the scheme was launched in 2002. Among a wide range of community initiatives that it supports, those pertaining to children with special educational needs have always been at the heart of its corporate social-responsibility effort. Early intervention and treatment are crucial for these children, hence its support for the Heep Hong Society’s new resources centre in Lam Tin, which covers a 300-square-metre area with three specialist training rooms.
Michael Huddart, Manulife’s Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer for Hong Kong, said: “Being awarded the ‘10 Consecutive Years Caring Company’ logo has a very special meaning for us as we are celebrating our 125th global anniversary and 115 years of service in Hong Kong this year. I am also extremely proud of the fact that our staff and agents dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to voluntary activities. The spirit of making a positive impact on society is truly embraced by everyone in Manulife.”
He went on: “To live up to our brand promise of helping people achieve a better future, we are honoured to work with the Heep Hong Society in opening this new centre to provide timely rehabilitation services to children in Kowloon East who are currently waiting for treatment.”
In addition to the Heep Hong Society, Manulife also supports other organizations such as the Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Community Chest, the Hong Kong Society for the Aged and the Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher’s Home.
For more details about Manulife’s community giving in Hong Kong, please visit http://www.manulife.com.hk/en/about/Pages/contribution.aspx
||Isabella Lau, Vice President, Customer Service and Strategic Development, Manulife (International) Limited, (centre), receiving the “10 Consecutive Years Caring Company” certificate from Christine Fang, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (left) and Kennedy Liu, Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (right).|
The new Manulife Children’s Resources Centre aims to serve 1,000 children and their parents in Kowloon East each year.
About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies.
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$512 billion (HK$3,976 billion) as at March 31, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.
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.
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 charitable activities for the betterment of public welfare in Hong Kong. Its core interests are in children, the elderly and health-related charitable programs and community services. It has sponsored the Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 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. The Foundation has also supported a number of local charitable organizations such as the Heep Hong Society and SKH St. Christopher’s Home, to implement extensive programs to help the less fortunate members of our society.