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Calling Grade 4, 5 And 6 Students Across Canada To Make A Difference

Genworth Canada Launches 7 th Annual Meaning of Home Contest

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Starting today, students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can help raise money for Habitat for Humanity Canada (Habitat) through the simple art of writing. The Meaning of Home contest, which has raised more than $570,000 for Habitat, invites students coast to coast to submit a written essay on what home means to them.

Top prize is a $60,000 grant from Genworth Canada to the winner's local Habitat affiliate.  Additionally, for each entry submitted, Genworth Canada will donate $5 to Habitat. This year, television personality Scott McGillivray, another strong supporter of Habitat, joins the Genworth Canada final judging panel to help pick the winner.

"While our support for Habitat extends far beyond The Meaning of Home, this contest is the highlight of our partnership and something we are extremely proud of," said Linda Belanger, Community Relations Leader with Genworth Canada. "Since launching in 2007, our employees have read more than 15,000 entries and we never cease to be amazed by the inspiring and thoughtful words of these young authors."

Genworth Canada has redesigned the contest website for a more dynamic experience, including a map that tracks entries by region. Help put your province or territory on the map by encouraging your students or children to participate. Genworth Canada is hoping to beat last year's record number of 5,000 entries.

"The Meaning of Home contest does more than provide financial support to build Habitat homes," said Kevin Marshman, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "By empowering children to make a difference in their communities, this contest is helping us raise awareness among today's youth of the importance of having a safe place to call home."

To submit an entry or find out more about the contest and great prizes, including how to submit a separate video entry, visit www.meaningofhome.ca.

The contest winner and runner-ups will be announced in January 2014.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. With the help of over 63,000 volunteers every year and 69 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, its mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

About Genworth Canada Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (Genworth Canada), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada.  The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology and a robust risk management framework.  For almost two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system. As at June 30, 2013, Genworth Canada had $5.6 billion total assets and $3.0 billion shareholders' equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.

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