Hong Kong, 8 March 2018 – FWD is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the “FWD North Pole Marathon” for the second year running, to be held on 9 April, 2018. As a title sponsor for the World’s Coolest Marathon, FWD will also support passionate runners from Hong Kong and across the region to embrace the challenge at the extreme 89° latitude North.
Paul Tse, Chief Marketing Officer of FWD Hong Kong and Macau, said, “We are extremely proud to continue our support to this challenging and unique event, which resonates with FWD’s value of empowering people to pursue their passions and explore a lifetime of possibilities. From Hong Kong, we are very delighted to support and provide protection for three passionate and experienced runners to pursue their goals of challenging the extreme marathon. Their determination and perseverance reflect how Hong Kong people are living their lives to the fullest.”
Three Runners Representing Hong Kong
The race will see FWD sponsoring 10 runners from six regions across Asia to push beyond the 89°N parallel and to embrace the unique challenge. Representing FWD Hong Kong will be three passionate runners, namely Gi Ka-man, Hong Kong Half Marathon record holder; Gary Leung, a vision-impaired runner from the Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation and awardee of “Regeneration Warrior” by the Regeneration Society, and Regional Director of FWD Hong Kong’s tied agency Andy Chik who participated in last year’s North Pole Marathon and will also act as Gary’s guide runner this year.
Gi Ka-man said “As a runner, I have dreamed for years to be part of such an extraordinary race. I feel honoured and excited to be representing my fellow Hong Kongers to challenge the world’s most extreme marathon, exploring this sub-zero environment with other passionate athletes. The support and comprehensive protection of FWD are crucial in gearing us up for the adventure.”
Gary Leung said “I concealed myself for two years after losing my sight in 2009, and taking up running totally changed my perspective on life. I went from feeling devalued to leading a life worth believing in. Running has allowed me to regain my Self – by constantly pushing the boundaries, and I hope to inspire others through every race. Participating in the polar marathon will enable me to share a one-of-a-kind running experience and inspire those in the disabled community.”
Andy Chik said “For many runners, joining the FWD North Pole Marathon is an opportunity to test their limits and to push their running versatility further. I will try to make my second attempt even more meaningful by guiding my teammate Gary across the frozen terrain.”
In addition to the three experienced runners from Hong Kong, the FWD team consists of seven other runners from across Asia, including Fedi Fianto from Indonesia, Izuoka Misaki from Japan, Luisito “Louie” Sangalang II from the Philippines, Md Shariff Abdullah from Singapore, Tang Nguyet Minh from Vietnam, as well as Ben Scully and Todd Latta for FWD Group.
Tim Oliver, FWD Group Chief Commercial Officer said, “While pursuing the adventure of a lifetime, I’m proud to share that FWD’s Team Asia will not only include two runners with disability, but our team will be raising funds for our partners, Hong Chi Association, Special Olympics, and Humanity & Inclusion, to support people with disability in Asia. At FWD, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to embrace life’s challenges and live life to the fullest. The charitable support forms part of our community care focus of empowering people with disabilities across Asia.”
Extending Charitable Mileage of Hong Kong People’s Runs
For the Hong Kong public to be able to support the runners and our community in action, from now on until 9 April, for each Hong Konger who has accumulated a total running distance of 42.195 km and has posted it on Facebook with hashtag #IAmWhatICan, FWD Hong Kong will donate HK$50 to our partnered charities, Hong Chi Association and the Special Olympics Hong Kong.
Paul added, “Through the charitable cooperation, we would be able to convert the running miles of Hong Kong people into empowerment for people in need to pursue their passions. Everyone’s run counts!”
An Expedition to the North Pole at MegaBox
From 8 – 11 April, an interactive zone simulating the polar environment is set up at MegaBox in Kowloon Bay for the public to experience the bone chilling extremes of our planet’s most northerly reaches.