“What does home mean to you?” From October 3 to November 14, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (Genworth Financial Canada) is inviting grade 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada to submit a written essay about the meaning of home.
Genworth Financial Canada’s 5th Annual Meaning of Home Contest supports Habitat for Humanity Canada (“Habitat for Humanity”) and is intended to raise awareness among students on the importance of having a home. The contest has received more than 7,000 entries to date and donated nearly $360,000 to Habitat for Humanity Canada.
“Our goal at Genworth Financial Canada is to help Canadians achieve homeownership responsibly,” said Brian Hurley, Chairman and CEO of Genworth Financial Canada. “It’s our hope that by participating in this contest, students better appreciate the benefits of living in a home and the importance of helping those less fortunate.”
First Prize is a $60,000 donation from Genworth Financial Canada towards the building of a new Habitat for Humanity home in a Canadian community of the grand prize winner’s choosing. The winner will also win an Apple iPad 2 and a school-wide pizza party. Five runners-up will receive a second prize consisting of a $5,000 grant to a Canadian Habitat for Humanity affiliate of their choice, an Apple iPod Touch and a classroom pizza party.
New this year is the direct impact each child can make with their entry as Genworth Financial Canada will donate $5 to a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate for each entry submitted.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the contest, a commemorative book is being created that will highlight the last five years of winning entries and finalists. All proceeds of the book will also be donated to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
“It’s empowering for children to realize that they can make a difference, said Stewart Hardacre, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Each child involved in this contest will be helping a low-income family come one step closer to homeownership.”
Teachers are encouraged to download an education module to help bring the notion of community giving into the classroom while meeting core curriculum requirements. The winner will be announced in January 2012. For more details or to pre-order the book which will be available in February, visit The Meaning of Home website.