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HONG KONG – April 7, 2020 – This World Health day Sun Life is donating an initial HKD$1.37m (CAD$250,000) in Asia to protect frontline medical workers and provide food security to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of a global CAD$1 million pledge to provide support for communities battling COVID-19 around the world.
Over the coming weeks and months, Sun Life will provide financial aid to medical groups and charities across Asia to purchase essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves and gowns for frontline medical workers, as well as food and basic necessities to help at-risk groups and those whose livelihoods are impacted by the pandemic.
“Covid-19 has become both a health crisis and an economic crisis and we want to support on both fronts,” said Leo Grepin, Sun Life Asia President. “This donation will provide our brave medical workers with essential PPE so they can safely treat the sick, and it will provide food and basic necessities to those whose livelihoods have been hurt and need a hand to get through this challenging period. We stand side by side with our communities in these difficult times and look forward to brighter days ahead.”
“As the situation around the world rapidly evolves, this donation is a first step towards helping communities address basic needs resulting from COVID-19,” said Dean Connor, President and CEO, Sun Life. “We are committed to supporting the health and well-being of our Clients, advisors, employees and the people in our communities.”
About Sun Life
Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life 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 December 31, 2019, Sun Life had total assets under management of $1,099 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.
Note to editors: All figures in Canadian dollars
Head of Communications, Asia