Inclusion in the Arctic
IN TEMPERATURES AVERAGING -30°C, the FWD Team Asia – a group of 11 runners from across the region sponsored by FWD, an insurance company – have completed the North Pole Marathon. A total of 62 participants from 23 countries endured the 42km of knawing temperatures, including an amputee running with a blade; and Gary Leung, a participant from the Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation, who became the first visually impaired Asian athlete to complete the race. He was guided by another Hong Kong runner, Andy Chik. “It is an honour and great privilege to set foot on the North Pole, not to mention participating in the polar marathon,” said Leung afterwards. “I want to thank FWD and my teammate Andy who helped make my dreams come true. I hope my experience can motivate the public, and especially the disabled community, to overcome limitations and live life to the fullest.” More than HK$255,000 was raised for a range of Fwd-partnered charities, including Humanity and Inclusion (previously known as Handicap Internationa l), t he Hong Chi Association Hong Kong, and Special Olympics.