Special Olympics signs three-year partnership with FWD to run programmes for people with
intellectual disabilities in seven countries across Asia
Singapore, 1 February 2018 – Special Olympics Asia
Pacific and FWD Group today launched a three-year partnership to support young people
with intellectual disabilities throughout Asia
in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan.
FWD’s investment will sponsor Special Olympics’ Unified Schools and Athlete Leadership
- The Unified Schools programme will engage 12,000 young people through workshops that
address negative perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities. It will unify
90 schools and communities through 240 sports and
non-sports events to celebrate inclusion and acceptance.
- The Athlete Leadership programme will mentor 300 athletes with intellectual
disabilities to develop skills that help them at both work and in their daily lives.
It will also train 200 mentors to support them. In addition,
Special Olympics will establish partnerships with employment agencies to help
athletes with intellectual disabilities learn leadership skills and find employment.
Huynh Thanh Phong, FWD Group Chief Executive Officer said, “FWD wants to
help lead positive change by encouraging social inclusion and advocating equal
opportunities for people with disabilities. We would like
to thank our partner Special Olympics for helping us bring to life our Community Care
vision to empower people to live fulfilled lives across Asia. Together, we hope to
increase awareness, encourage inclusion, and create
a future with a difference for people with intellectual disabilities into the
Dr John Dow Jr., Special Olympics Asia Pacific Chief of Regional &
Program Operations, Acting President and Managing Director, said, “I am heartened and
encouraged by our new partnership with FWD for their
support for Unified Sports and our Athlete Leaders. When dealing with an issue like
intellectual disability, the right partner will help turn the tide. With their strong
regional presence, FWD is poised to make a difference
to our athletes in many of our Programs and I am happy to welcome them to the Special
Olympics family. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with FWD helping
us build an inclusive society on behalf of our
athletes and their families.”
Globally, 15% of the world lives with a disability1. Of these, more than 200
million2 have an intellectual disability making them one of the world’s
biggest disability groups and one of the most underserved
populations. People with intellectual disability face enormous attitudinal, structural
and logistical barriers to obtaining healthcare and getting a job. These compounding
factors mean that many struggle with poverty and
have significantly shorter lifespans than the general population.
These are the societal barriers that Special Olympics seeks to redress. While sport is
the conduit, the goal of Special Olympics is to pave the way for their athletes to live
up to their fullest potential after they step off
the playing field. Now midway through their 5-year Global Strategic Plan and marking
their 50-year anniversary worldwide, the movement has plans to aggressively expand their
network of athlete leaders around the globe,
increase the number of schools engaged in Unified Sports and to develop training modules
that will help prepare athletes to join the workforce.
FWD’s community care programmes are part of FWD Group’s commitment to playing a part in
the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and
particularly addressing no. 10 on “Reduced Inequalities”
and no. 8 on “Decent Work and Economic Growth”. Through their partnerships, FWD aims to
improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Asia, promoting inclusion,
rehabilitation, and vocational training to generate
positive change and economic empowerment for people with disabilities, their families
and their communities.
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About FWD Group
FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau,
Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan, offering life and
medical insurance, general insurance and employee
benefits across a number of its markets.
FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand
products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims
to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes
the way people feel about insurance.
Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group,
Pacific Century Group.
For more information please visit WWW.FWD.COM
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS ASIA PACIFIC
Special Olympics is
a non-profit charitable organization that provides year-round sports training and
competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports
for children and adults with intellectual disability. Aside from sporting activities it
is the world’s largest provider of healthcare to people with intellectual
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown
to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3
million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics
delivers more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year in 32 Olympic-type
sports. It is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including The
Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company
and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Toys’R’Us, Mattel, Bank of America and the Essilor