HSBC Insurance to lead Hong Kong's largest charity Halloween

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					6 October 2008

                    HSBC Insurance to lead
           Hong Kong’s largest charity Halloween parade
HSBC Insurance is organising Hong Kong’s largest ever charity Halloween parade to
raise money for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund (please see the attached fact sheet).

To be held on 25 October, the parade is expected to have more than 3,000 participants
and sponsors walking in costume from HSBC’s headquarters on Queen’s Road Central to
the Central Star Ferry Pier to spotlight the need and importance of cancer support in our

David Fried, HSBC Group General Manager and Regional Head of Insurance Asia-
Pacific, said, “We expect to turn a lot of heads as thousands of people dressed in
Halloween costumes walk through the central business district. This is exactly the
reaction we are looking for to raise cancer awareness and emphasise the importance of
the Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s work in our community.”

This year, HSBC Insurance has tasked a team of 20 management trainees to raise funds to
support two new vital projects being undertaken by the Hong Kong Cancer Fund:

(a) Acupuncture Centre at Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin - This new facility will
provide acupuncture services to cancer patients in New Territories East, and is expected
to benefit some 500 cancer patients each month, helping to alleviate adverse side affects
and symptoms caused by cancer and cancer treatment.

(b) CancerLink Centre in Lai King, Kowloon West - This new facility will provide
services to cancer patients and their families living in New Territories West. Services
include a free hotline, professional counselling, and training for cancer survivors who
will serve as volunteers in assisting newly diagnosed patients.

Sally Lo, Cancer Fund Chairman, said: “HSBC Insurance is an incredible supporter of
the Cancer Fund and the local community. We’re delighted it is organising this fun event
to help raise funds for two vital services that will enhance our present cancer support
network. HSBC Insurance has done an outstanding job in helping to secure resources for
the many people living with cancer in desperate need of our free support.”

For more details about enrollment and donation towards this landmark fundraising
event, please visit:

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About HSBC Insurance (Asia Pacific) Holdings Limited
HSBC Insurance (Asia-Pacific) Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of The
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, is the parent company of four
underwriting companies: HSBC Insurance (Asia) Limited; HSBC Life (International)
Limited; HSBC Insurance (Singapore) Pte Limited; and HSBC Amanah Takaful
(Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (49 per cent held). Its shareholdings also include 50 per cent less 1
share of Hana HSBC Life Insurance Co., Ltd in Korea, 26 per cent of Canara HSBC
Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Co. Ltd in India, and 10 per cent of Bao Viet
Holdings in Vietnam. Through its companies, it has a presence in the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region (SAR), the Macau SAR, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea,
India and Vietnam. In Mainland China, it has representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai
and Guangzhou. HSBC Insurance (Asia-Pacific)’s total assets were in excess of US$12.8
billion at the end of December 2007.

About Hong Kong Cancer Fund
Hong Kong Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization, providing free information,
professional guidance, and peer support to anyone living with or affected by cancer.
With a network of support spanning the hospital, the community and the home, Hong
Kong Cancer Fund’s mission is to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Cancer Fund
not only provides vital support to cancer patients and their families, but helps to improve
hospital environments, drive public awareness of cancer, and fund local cancer research
and training to better the future of cancer care. Without support from the government or
Community Chest, Hong Kong Cancer Fund relies on public generosity to sustain their
free and on-going cancer support services.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Irene Cheung                               Laine Santana / Jane Yuen
Marketing & Communications                 HSBC
Manager                                    Tel : 2822 4918 / 2822 4937
Hong Kong Cancer Fund                      Email:
Tel : 3667-6370                  
Fax : 3667-2100
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