Hong Kong -On June 2, 2006, Manulife (International) Limited (MIL) again organized a corporate blood drive to support the Hong Kong Red Cross Transfusion Service’s call for blood donations. “Donation clinics” were set up at Manulife office buildings at three locations —Manulife Tower in North Point, Manulife Plaza in Causeway Bay and Manulife Provident Funds Place in Jordan. A regular event in Manulife’s annual calendar, the blood drive attracted around 550 staff, insurance/financial advisors and customers to take part in giving blood in a single day.
“Manulife has been supporting the corporate blood drive program for more than 25 years,” said Michael Huddart, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Hong Kong, MIL. “It gives me great pleasure to see that so many of our staff and advisors showed up again this year to give blood despite the torrential rains. Their undying passion to help others in need is a strong testament to Manulife’s caring and loving spirit, which is also the foundation of our business.”
Around 8,000 donors from Manulife have donated blood to the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service since 1979. Many of these donors were regular supporters of the blood drive, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in the community.
Dr. Lee Cheuk Kwong, Senior Medical Officer of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service said, “Manulife has had a long history of backing our corporate blood donation program, and we are grateful for their continued support. Their active involvement in giving blood helps build a stronger community and sets a fine example for others to follow.”
The blood-donation drive is organized 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 and 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$386 billion (approximately HK$ 2,564 billion) as at March 31, 2006.
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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