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Sun Life Grepa Strengthens Community Support Through Volunteerism

Sun Life Grepa Strengthens Community Support Through Volunteerism

Employee volunteers from Sun Life Grepa supported the KALINGA SA KAPWA program being led by Fr. Flavie Villanueva SVD (extreme right) in its ongoing efforts to uplift the lives of homeless people in Tayuman. The activity is part of Sun Life Grepa's vision to set more people on the path towards a brighter future not only through financial literacy but also through social wellness.

Sun Life Grepa conducted a blood donation drive involving its employees and other teams from the Yuchengco Group of Companies in its Head Ofifce in Makati. The activity is part of Sun Life Grepa's vision to set more people on the path towards a brighter future not only through financial literacy but also through social wellness.

Sun Life Grepa Financial (Sun Life Grepa), the fastest growing life insurance company based on the Insurance Commission's list of top 10 companies for 2015, recently strengthened its thrust towards local community support through a volunteerism program called Share the Passion. The said program engages Sun Life Grepa employees to actively support the welfare of the larger communities of which they are part.

Tracing from years of support for the community service efforts of its parent companies Sun Life Philippines and the Yuchengco Group of Companies, Sun Life Grepa is now extending its community roots to other areas of where it can help further.

With assistance from the AY Foundation of YGC, the company's first two projects under the Share the Passion program involved health and wellness and complements the company's thrust to promote financial wellness.

A Sun Life Grepa volunteer donates blood during the "Share the Passion" blood donation drive.




For the first initiative, Sun Life Grepa, in coordination with the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital's Pediatric Hemotology-Oncology department, held a blood donation drive involving all its employees and other YGC teams in the head office. Volunteers were able to literally share a part of themselves to others by way of contributing to the hospital's blood bank.






A Sun Life Grepa volunteer interacts with homeless children at the KALINGA SA KAPWA center.

The company's second project was an employee volunteer day at the St. Arnold Janssen KALINGA SA KAPWA center in Tayuman, Manila City. KALINGA, which stands for Kain, Ligo ng Ayos, aims to make bathing facilities, clothing donations, simple grooming and meals available to indigent residents of Tayuman. This initiative eventually encourages them to improve their way of life, as proven by previous recipients who now work for the center. Together with the program team, Sun Life Grepa employees had the chance to interact with the beneficiaries in the center by donating goods and assisting in all tasks, sending the latter off with a brighter frame of mind at the end of the day.

Richard Lim, President of Sun Life Grepa, explains that, "The Share the Passion program stresses the importance of working together for the betterment of the communities we serve. Employee volunteerism is a way to connect with the people who are in these communities. These activities highlight the fact that when our employees work together to help others, they also grow as a united and solid team. They achieve not only the company's goals but also enrich their lives and become proud of what they do."

Sun Life Grepa looks forward to widening the scope of its effort to help more people in the country. "As a staunch supporter of financial wellness, our company is supporting more forms of wellness that can benefit the marginalized sectors of society. We believe that in doing so, we can help uplift more Filipino lives and get them started on the path towards a brighter future," Lim added. "In the remaining months of 2016, we will conduct more of these activities and look forward to reach out to more Filipinos as the company continues its growth journey in the coming years. We will be lending more support to communities around us in 2017. We are off to a great start."

Sun Life Grepa is a joint venture between YGC and Sun Life Philippines (Sun Life). YGC is one of Southeast Asia's largest conglomerates with over 90 companies while Sun Life has been a top player in the Philippine market for over 120 years. 2016 marks the 5th year of the joint venture.

For inquiries, visit www.sunlifegrepa.com.