Corporate Social Responsibility
The Manulife Water World Charity Program will provide 3,000 people every year with access to Water World for fun and wellness.
Hong Kong - Manulife has partnered with Water World Ocean Park to provide underserved communities with an opportunity to embrace health and well-being through the Manulife Water World Charity Program, which kicked off today on International Youth Day with participation from 450 beneficiaries from five charity organizations.
Under this multi-year program, Manulife will distribute 3,000 Water World Ocean Park charity tickets every year to provide the underserved communities with an equal opportunity to stay active whilst they enjoy the water park. At today's special event, children from beneficiary families had the opportunity for a preview and participation in the new Mermaid Water Carnival, which will be launched in September at Horizon Cove presented by Manulife at Water World.
"As Hong Kong's longest continuously operating life insurer, Manulife has a key role to play in driving inclusivity, helping people in need, and empowering sustained health and well-being. Our charity programs help meet the needs of vulnerable communities by making healthier choices easier and more accessible," said Isabella Lau, Chief Customer Officer, Manulife Hong Kong and Macau. "Being a major sponsor of Water World, we have the privilege to partner with Ocean Park to share fun and joy with thousands of people from the community. We are also delighted to have the support of five established charity organizations in this inaugural year to extend our care to different communities across the city."
Water World Ocean Park has quickly become a popular destination for people in Hong Kong since its grand opening in September 2021. Among the water park's attractions, the all-weather mega indoor wave pool – Horizon Cove presented by Manulife – is a signature entertainment facility. The new Mermaid Water Carnival to be held at Horizon Cove during September weekends aims to promote ocean conservation through mermaid-themed performances and swimming exercises.
Ivan Wong, Chief Executive, Ocean Park Corporation, said, "It is our greatest pleasure to join hands with Manulife to invite everyone to stay active and share the fun of splashing into adventure at Water World. With different wave patterns generated continuously under its translucent skylight rooftop, Horizon Cove presented by Manulife is a perfect venue for activities designed to combine fitness with love for the ocean. We appreciate Manulife and the various charity teams for devoting every ounce of energy to today's event!"
This year, Manulife's five charity partners – The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Christian Family Service Centre, Po Leung Kuk, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, and Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association – will play an important role in enabling the program to better support underserved families, children and youth.
The launch of the charity program is in line with two key areas of focus within Manulife's Impact Agenda – empowering sustained health and well-being to support the journey towards a better life, as well as driving inclusive economic opportunities to create a more even playing field for all.