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June 3, 2007

Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart reaches goal as riders, walkers raise $200,000 for cardiac care in Waterloo Region

Waterloo - More than 1,200 cyclists, walkers and volunteers took part in the 15th annual Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart today and helped raise $200,000 for St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre in Kitchener. In its 15-year history, the event has raised more than $2 million for heart health in Waterloo Region.

“We met our goal today,” said Paul Rooney, President and CEO, Manulife Canada. “Everyone who helped in this achievement should be very proud of their efforts. The Bike and Hike is a great way for all of us to support healthy hearts and lifestyles and contribute to a world-class cardiac care centre. We can have fun, exercise and help ensure our community’s long-term health.”

“We greatly appreciate the community’s overwhelming support for heart health and the cardiac centre,” added Moira Taylor, president of St. Mary’s General Hospital. “This event has yet again set a high standard in helping our cardiac care centre continue to provide world-class care.”

Sunday morning’s events began with breakfast for Corporate Challenge Teams – teams of cyclists and walkers from local businesses and organizations that turned out in record numbers.

This year, the event also included “Hearts in Motion”, a team made up of more than 150 current and past patients of St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre and their families. Clad in distinctive red shirts, the team participated in the three-kilometre walk to support the facility that helped them or their loved ones recover. The Hearts in Motion team was sponsored by Agfa HealthCare.

At 9 a.m., wheels began rolling as cyclists set off on 15- and 25-km tours through the streets of Waterloo. Walkers strolled along three-, five- and eight-kilometre courses.

Donations for the 2007 Bike and Hike support St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre, which provides cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, angioplasty, cardiac care clinics and cardiac rehabilitation. The program, serving 500,000 residents in the Waterloo Region and surrounding area, offers diagnostics, intensive care and inpatient cardiac care in a full-service program.

Results for the 2007 Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart:
Total donations: Organizers expect total donations for this year’s event to reach $200,000.

Participation Award
Agfa HealthCare received a Participation Award for having 140 participants at the event.

Corporate Challenge Results
Winner of the Corporate Challenge “Golden Wheel Award” for the corporate team raising the largest amount of donations per person:

Gold – Manulife Financial Canadian Division Finance
Silver – St. Mary’s General Hospital Cardiac Program
Bronze – Team Bauer

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Tom Nunn
Manulife Financial
Tel: 519/594-8578
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