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Over 15,000 Brazilian children to see Paralympians in action in Rio 2016, thanks to #FilltheSeats campaign

More than 15,000 Brazilian youngsters will attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games after the global crowdfunding #FilltheSeats campaign raised nearly USD 450,000 and even secured the support of British royal Prince Harry. “Visa is proud to be working with the International Paralympic Committee to give these Brazilian children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and support these incredible athletes” said Fernando Teles, Visa Brazil Country Manager. Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “We are ecstatic to see the way so many people from all over the world have responded to this campaign so that the stands … Continued

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3 Malaysians. 3 Gold Medals. 3 World Records.

3 Malaysians. 3 Gold Medals. 3 World Records. Malaysians continue to make history in Rio bagging our 3rd Gold medal and breaking another world record. Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzii sprinted home to win Malaysia’s first gold medal –  in the 100m T36,Mohamad Puzi was quick out of the blocks and kept his form as he took the tape ahead of China’s Yifei Yang (12.20) and Brazilian Rodrigo Parreira da Silva (12.54), setting a new Paralympic record of 12.07 in the process. Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli followed up an hour later with victory out in the field winning the shot put F20 … Continued

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World records continue to fall at Olympic Stadium

Seven gold medals were decided and four world records fell on the third morning of track and field action at Rio 2016 (Saturday 10 September). Poland’s two-time Paralympic champion Ewa Durska secured her third Paralympic shot put F20 title, throwing a world record 13.94m with her penultimate attempt. “In every attempt, I just wanted to throw as far as possible. I didn’t look to see if it was the first, fifth or sixth attempt, I just wanted to throw as far as possible,” said Durska. The 39-year-old, who also won the world title last year as well as the European … Continued

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Double Glory for Malaysia at Paralympic Games 2016

Double glory at the Olympic Stadium as athletes claim country’s first ever Paralympic gold medals. Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzii sprinted home to win Malaysia’s first gold medal – across all Paralympic sports – in the 100m T36, while Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli followed up an hour later with victory out in the field winning the shot put F20 with a new world record to boot. Reigning world champion Mohamad Puzi was quick out of the blocks and kept his form as he took the tape ahead of China’s Yifei Yang (12.20) and Brazilian Rodrigo Parreira da Silva (12.54), setting a new … Continued

FC Barcelona Footballers in Blind Football Match Video to celebrate Paralympic Games 2016

FC Barcelona Footballers in Blind Football Match Video to celebrate Paralympic Games 2016

FC Barcelona Footballers in Blind Football Match Video to celebrate Paralympic Games 2016 A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team was released today to celebrate the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The video features five FC Barcelona footballers, including Lionel Messi, playing blindfolded against Spain’s 5-a-side Paralympic football team. It is a collaboration between UNICEF, the FC Barcelona Foundation and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to show the power of sports to level the playing field for … Continued

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Allianz Malaysia organised road safety advocacy campaign for primary students.

Allianz Malaysia held a road safety advocacy campaign at Sekolah Sri Bestari, Selangor today. The campaign is part of the Company’s efforts to introduce road safety awareness among the general public, including students.   CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad, Zakri Khir said, “Schools are among our focus areas this year, in addition to regular campaigns. In collaboration with Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (JKJR), we were holding regular campaigns since July 2011. More than 440 Allianz employees are involved in holding 140 campaigns nation wide until now. These employees are trained by JKJR as Road Safety Ambassadors.” The Campaign The campaign started … Continued

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Lesson to Learn – Volunteering

Christian Choong, 15 , was roped into a volunteering programme during his  recent school break and spent his summer holidays helping out at a centre for special needs children. He shares his experience with Challenges readers. Summer holiday started in June and I was about to enjoy three  months of doing what all 15 year old kids would want to do – nothing!  Until, to my horror, my mom said she had signed me up to volunteer work.  Volunteering? No ……!   Center for Special Kids So I started work at a centre in Petaling Jyaya for kids with special … Continued

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23 Malaysian Paralympians in RIO 2016

The Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio will start today and 23 Malaysian paralympians will be competing. Selina Khoo shares some statistics Paralympic Games – Brief History The Paralympic Games is a multi-sport and multi-disability competition which is held every four years. The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960 and it has grown in terms of the number of sports and participation. In the first edition of the Games, 400 athletes from 23 countries competed in 8 sports. The latest edition of the Games will be held in Rio from 7 to 18 September 2016. This is the first … Continued

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Challenges Buddy Day – Run and Walk for Friendship

Celebration of Friendship and Inclusion Sunday, August 21, 2016, Kuala Lumpur: –  Challenges Buddy Day celebration  was held for the 2nd time in celebration of friendship and inclusion – a day of camaraderie and inclusive fun for people with and without disabilities, in conjunction with International Friendship Day 2016. The Run for Friendship and Walk for Inclusion, which took place on Sunday, August 21st 2016 at Dataran DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut; saw runners cover a distance of 7km along some of KL’s memorable landmarks. The men and women’s team from KL Dragons joined the buddy walk  alongside members of the … Continued

On the Road to Rio with Eliezer Gabriel Buenaventura

On the Road to Rio with Eliezer Gabriel Buenaventura

Eliezer Gabriel Buenaventura has gone from one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Veracruz, Mexico, to being able to build a house for his family. Thanks to a gold medal win at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. The 18-year-old’s family could not afford to buy him clothes or shoes. As a child he sometimes had to walk barefoot. But Buenaventura was not discouraged, yet inspired. All due to his mother Susana’s every day hard work to bring food to the table. And even when he was living in a small room with his mother and brother in Veracruz, Buenaventura … Continued