For Immediate Release / Toronto / November 06, 2017
Put Your Heart Into It, Canada!
Manulife Announces New Title Sponsorship of Heart & Stroke’s Ride for Heart in 2018
TORONTO, November 6, 2017 – Manulife is pleased to announce its title sponsorship of the Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart, the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s flagship fundraiser. Part of a multi-year sponsorship agreement, the newly branded Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart will see thousands of Canadians walk, run and cycle in support of heart disease and stroke research.
Heart disease and stroke kill one Canadian every seven minutes, making it a leading cause of death and disability in Canada. To help change this alarming reality, Ride for Heart has raised more than $64M for heart disease and stroke research since 1988. It is a unique opportunity to ride, run or walk on the traffic-free Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway and a great way to help create more survivors of heart disease and stroke.
The addition of walk and run events two years ago has not only grown participation significantly but has also attracted new audiences. From individuals to corporate teams, Canadians can join this important mission and find out more about the Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on rideforheart.ca.
“Manulife is committed to helping Canadians live healthy and active lives so partnering with Heart & Stroke as a title sponsor for Ride for Heart was a natural fit for us. We’re excited to support this initiative and encourage people to get on their bikes and lace up their sneakers on June 3 next year,” said Peter Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Manulife.
“On behalf of Heart & Stroke, I am thrilled to welcome Manulife as the new title sponsor of the Ride for Heart,” says Avril Goffredo, CEO, Heart & Stroke, Ontario. “We are very excited to partner with an organization that shares our passion for the health of Canadians and our fight against heart disease and stroke.”
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. As of June 30, 2017, we had over $1 trillion (US$780 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $26.7 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.