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December 14, 2007 14:01 ET

Sun Life Financial Donates $100,000 to Support Red Cross Health Programs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2007) - Sun Life Financial, a Canadian Red Cross international corporate partner, has pledged $100,000 in support of the organization's programming in China - $50,000 to be directed to the HIV/AIDS Orphans Program and $50,000 in support of the Eyesight Recovery Project.

"The Canadian Red Cross would like to thank Sun Life Financial for their continued support of Red Cross international programs," says Paul Wharram, secretary general of the Canadian Red Cross. "This generous donation will allow us to continue providing much needed health care to vulnerable communities in China."

Since 2001, the Canadian Red Cross Eyesight Recovery Project has been making a significant difference in the lives of people living in remote areas of China. Loss of eyesight among vulnerable populations can have serious social and economic consequences. To date, the Eyesight Recovery Project has helped more than 3,000 cataract patients recover their sight.

Quickly escalating HIV infection rates in China are also of great concern. Yunnan Province has the highest reported HIV infection rate in China with an estimated 30,000 HIV/AIDS cases in 2007. The Canadian Red Cross HIV/AIDS orphan program assists communities in strengthening their capacity to provide advocacy, home-based care and social welfare services to the hundreds of children left orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation in support of Canadian Red Cross international programs may donate online (, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked "International Programs" and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 186 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of wealth accumulation and protection products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Tracing its roots back to 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda.

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