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FWD Returns as Title Sponsor of the ‘FWD North Pole Marathon’

21 March 2019 | Hong Kong

FWD sponsors the “World’s Coolest Marathon” for third year running with ten runners from Asia vying for victory at the North Pole

FWD is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the “FWD North Pole Marathon” – which will be held on 9th April 2019 – for the third time. As a title sponsor for the marathon, FWD will also support 10 passionate runners from across Asia to embrace the challenge at the extreme 89° latitude North.

“FWD is extremely proud to continue our support for this challenging and one-of-a-kind event, as it resonates with our philosophy of empowering people to explore a lifetime of limitless possibilities,” said Tim Oliver, FWD Group Chief Customer and Marketing Officer. “We are delighted to support and provide protection for all of our 10 runners as they strive to achieve their goal of completing a marathon in extreme conditions – reflecting the determination and perseverance of the people across Asia.”

FWD Team Asia

The FWD Team Asia consists of 10 runners from across Asia, including Annie Liu (Hong Kong actress), Andy Leong (singer and former member of the band C AllStar, and Tsui Chi Kin (accomplished full marathon runner) from Hong Kong; Joyette Jopson from the Philippines (an FWD Financial Wealth Planner), Ittiphol “Pok” Samutthong from Thailand (a fitness show host from Thai PBS) and Phan Thanh Nhien from Vietnam (an expert in adventurous tracking safety and amongst the first Vietnamese to conquer Mt. Everest). Additionally, flying the FWD Team Asia flag from Japan will be Misaki Izuoki, Joe Vlog and Hideaki Oono; and FWD's Group Managing Director and Group Chief Operating Officer, Rob Schimek, who is based in Singapore.

“While pursuing the adventure of a lifetime, FWD is proud to support the participants of FWD Team Asia – whose diversity in their nationalities and backgrounds mirrors that of our company as a pan-Asia insurer,” said Tim. “At FWD, we look to empower and support our customers to ensure that they have the confidence to pursue their passions and live life to the full.”


The FWD Team Asia will also support regional charities through their fundraising efforts. The funds raised will support young people with intellectual disabilities via Special Olympics; people with intellectual disabilities through the Hong Chi Association; increase breast cancer awareness by supporting the RFTC in Japan, and making prosthetic limbs available through support of the Disability Research and Capacity Development Center in Vietnam.

About FWD Group

Established in Asia in 2013 with a trailblazer mentality, FWD is the primary insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group

FWD Group spans 10 markets in Asia including Hong Kong SAR & Macau SAR, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia, 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 and making the insurance journey simpler, faster and smoother, with innovative propositions and easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to be a leading pan-Asian insurer by changing the way people feel about insurance.

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