AIA and Oxfam Hong Kong announced today that AIA will become the Principal Sponsor of Oxfam Trailwalker, Hong Kong’s largest fundraising hiking event. Oxfam appreciates the support of AIA and the opportunity to work with AIA to encourage Hong Kong people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and help reduce global poverty.
“We are pleased to announce that AIA will support Oxfam Trailwalker for the next three years. There are still hundreds of millions of people around the world who live in poverty. We hope that through this partnership, we can collectively empower more people to lift themselves out of poverty and become self-reliant,” said Mr. Bernard Charnwut Chan, Chair of the Oxfam Trailwalker Advisory Committee.
Mr. Jacky Chan, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Hong Kong and Macau, said, “Oxfam Trailwalker’s theme of partnership for 2015 coincides with AIA’s brand promise of being ‘The Real Life Company’. Trailwalkers encounter steep valleys and craggy peaks along the way, overcoming challenges with the support of their partners and a firm belief. Similarly, AIA is the partner of its customers on their journey of life in this ever-changing world. Therefore, we are thrilled to be the principal sponsor of this event. To further demonstrate our full support, we are enlisting the mass participation of our staff and financial planners to promote a healthy lifestyle and bring positive change to society.”
Oxfam Trailwalker 2015 will take place from 20 to 22 November 2015, and is accepting applications from 4 to 20 May. For further details, please visit Oxfam Trailwalker’s website .
Oxfam Trailwalker is a highly challenging fundraiser with a 34-year history in Hong Kong. Participants in teams of four trek through the day and night to complete a 100 km trail comprised of the MacLehose Trail and other trails within 48 hours, starting from Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung to Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Tong Holiday Camp in Yuen Long. The event has attracted over 88,000 Trailwalkers over the years and has successfully raised more than HK$470 million to support Oxfam’s global work in disaster relief, poverty alleviation, disaster relief and policy advocacy.
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About Oxfam Trailwalker
Oxfam Trailwalker (previously called ”Trailwalker”) began in Hong Kong in 1981 as a military training exercise for the elite Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment. In 1986, Oxfam Hong Kong was invited to co-organise the event and in the same year the event was open to the public. Along with the retreat of the Gurkhas in 1997, Oxfam Hong Kong took over the event. Through the years, Oxfam Trailwalker has become one of the largest fundraising and hiking events, and will be held in 16 cities in 10 countries including Hong Kong this year.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.
In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.
About AIA Hong Kong and AIA Macau
AIA Hong Kong and AIA Macau are subsidiaries of AIA Group Limited. AIA Group Limited established its operations in Hong Kong in 1931. We have the largest team of financial planners in Hong Kong and Macau*, now around 11,000, as well as an extensive network of brokerage and bancassurance partners who serve around 1.78 million customers. Our products range from individual life, group life, accident, medical and health, personal lines insurance to investment-linked products with numerous investment options. We are also dedicated to providing superb product solutions to meet the financial needs of high net worth customers.
* As of 31 December 2014
AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 26 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia.
The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai over 90 years ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$167 billion as of 30 November 2014.
AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 28 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).
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