Health concerns and new COVID-19 travel restrictions mean FWD withdraws team from the 2020 FWD North Pole Marathon

Hong Kong, 18 March 2020Following the latest travel restrictions issued by the Norwegian government relating to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, FWD Group [“FWD”] has made the decision to withdraw FWD Team Asia’s place in the North Pole Marathon 2020. The health, safety and security of participants is of primary importance, so it is with deep regret that FWD will not attend 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 to raise money for charities across Asia. 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 5000 trees across Asia to offset the carbon footprint for attending the marathon.

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About FWD Group

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and family takaful products 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

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