In­clu­sion in the Arc­tic

Action Asia - - EVENTS -

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.

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