18 March 2020 | Hong Kong
Due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the official organizer of North Pole Marathon and FWD Group [“FWD”] have made the decision to defer the North Pole Marathon 2020 to 2021. The health, safety and security of participants is of primary importance, so it is with deep regret that we could not hold the event this year.
Tim Oliver, FWD Group Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, said: “FWD has been planning to attend the North Pole Marathon for the fourth year but inevitably due to the situation, attendance is no longer possible. Given the current rapid spread of COVID-19, the priority must be everyone’s health and safety and it has become global practice for social distancing and ceasing of non-essential travel.
I’d like to thank FWD Team Asia, who are a hugely dedicated team of runners who have been training solidly for twelve months. FWD remains committed to the North Pole Marathon and our plan is to be there in 2021 – stronger and more determined than ever.”
As part of this year’s campaign, FWD had also introduced a new initiative to help in the preservation of the environment. Working with EcoMatcher, an Asia reforestation enterprise, FWD although not going to the Pole, will continue with its commitment to plant 5,000 trees across Asia to offset the carbon.
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About FWD Hong Kong & Macau
FWD Hong Kong offers life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, and financial planning. Its life insurance and general insurance operating entities have been assigned strong financial strength ratings by international rating agencies — FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited is rated “A3” by Moody’s and “A” by Fitch; and FWD General Insurance Company Limited is rated “A” by Fitch. FWD Macau provides a suite of life and medical insurance.
FWD Hong Kong & Macau is a part of the FWD Group, the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group. FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia.
By creating fresh customer experiences with easy-to-understand products supported by digital technology, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.
For more information about FWD Hong Kong & Macau please visit WWW.FWD.COM.HK and WWW.FWD.COM.MO
EcoMatcher plants trees and complete forests with vetted foundations / NGOs from around the world and specialized in tree planting. Through technology, EcoMatcher knows everything of every tree planted offering full transparency. For example, companies can use trees in their businesses as rewards (trees as reward for finishing a market survey), gifting (trees as meaningful corporate gift), employee engagement (every employee gets a tree from the company forest) and transparent carbon offsetting (offset your carbon footprint with precise number of trees).