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Paddling for thrills plus fun carnival and green activities to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival
[Hong Kong, May 24, 2018] For the eleventh year running, Sun Life Financial returns as title sponsor of the Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships, which will take place on June 18, 2018, the day of the Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival) at Stanley Main Beach. As a climax to the only Dragon Boat Points Series1 in Hong Kong, created by Sun Life and Stanley Residents Association for the third consecutive year, the event is expected to feature over 200 teams with paddlers from Hong Kong and overseas.
“We are honoured to be the title sponsor of this renowned sports event, and working closely with the Stanley Residents Association to bring fun and excitement to the local community – and, more importantly, to encourage healthy and active lifestyles," said Belinda Au, General Manager of Distribution and Marketing at Sun Life Hong Kong Limited. "With more than 10 teams from Sun Life entering the competition this year, we are excited to be joining in the championships.”
During the day, Sun Life is hosting the accompanying carnival, which this year features workshops on environmental awareness such as making herbal mosquito repellent sachets, eco-enzymes and magazine-paper dragon boats, and interactive games on hints and tips to go green. Paddlers can also dress up to join the event’s contest for the Most Outstanding Outfit Awards.
To raise public awareness of sustainability, environmental-friendly facilities including free water refill stations and recycling bins for plastic bottles and aluminium cans will be available on the event day, in collaboration with social enterprise BottLess and environmental group The Green Earth. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring their own bottles and support clean recycling.
Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships 2018
June 18, 2018 (Monday)
Races from 8am to 5pm at Stanley Main Beach
Carnival from 10am to 5pm with game booths along Stanley Main Street
Prior to the event, Sun Life is launching an interactive game on its Facebook page, to let the general public experience the fun and joy of dragon boat racing. Participants who try the game and film a short video following the instructions will have a chance to receive a Nintendo Switch, while Sun Life will donate HK$10 to The Green Earth for each video uploaded to Sun Life’s Facebook page2.
As an extra treat at the event, free ice-cream will be available on June 18 at selected locations in Stanley on a first-come first-served basis, simply by liking Sun Life Hong Kong Facebook page and taking a selfie with the dragon boat photo frame by scanning the designated QR code3.
The latest information on the event and game details are featured at www.facebook.com/sunlifeHK
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2018, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management ("AUM") of CDN$979 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
Notes to editors
1. Created by Sun Life and Stanley Residents Association, Sun Life Stanley Dragon Boat Series is the only Dragon Boat Points Series in Hong Kong. It includes the Sun Life Stanley Warm Up races, Sun Life Stanley Short Course races in addition to the Sun Life Stanley International Championships.
2. Terms and conditions apply.
3. Terms and conditions apply. Available while stock lasts.
Photo 1: Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships 2018will be held on June 18, 2018 at Stanley Main Beach. It is expected that more than 200 dragon boat teams will join the event.
Photo 2: Paddlers will dress up on the day to compete for the Most Outstanding Outfit Awards.
Photo 3 & 4: A carnival featuring games, workshops and mascot performances will be held along Stanley Main Street