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.

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 with a new world record to boot. Ziyad, … 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

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 everyone. The video will be shown at sporting venues throughout the Paralympic Games, … 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

Paralympian Darwin Castro’s story to launch #TeamAgitos Road to Rio2016 Campaign

After becoming blind, I wanted to die.” In 2012 Ecuador’s Darwin Castro felt his world had ended when he lost his sight. Aged 16, he was diagnosed with Keratoconus, a progressive eye disease, and despite numerous surgeries, his sight could not be restored. However, Para sport gave him new hope and four years after losing his sight, Castro is optimistic about winning his country’s first ever Paralympic medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the 5,000m T11. “Now, if you ask me if I want to have my eyesight back or to be crowned as Paralympic champion, I choose … Continued

POSITIVE PLAY AND GOOD SLEEP KEEP BABIES HEALTHY AND HAPPY

Tollyjoy and Orphancare Foundation Celebrate Baby Day 2016 With Baby Enrichment Session for Parents Babies are unique little beings, but they all share the same fundamental needs. They need love and plenty of affection in the early years to thrive and reach their full potential. They also need lots of sleep. Studies have shown that sleep corresponds significantly to growth in babies, and can influence their physical development, mood and behavior1,2. Yet, establishing healthy sleep patterns in babies can prove to be a challenge for many parents. Celebrating their signature initiative, Tollyjoy Baby Day, Tollyjoy Corporation joined hands with OrphanCARE … Continued

600 PUT ON RUNNING SHOES FOR PEAT’S SAKE

Runners contribute RM 28,000 towards peat swamp forest preservation and forest fire management at BOH Eco Trail 2016. At the flag off for the Run, Caroline Russell, CEO of BOH Plantations said, “Many of us are not aware of this special forest with its unique flora and fauna, just off the Elite Highway. By organising the Run here with the special trail into the Forest Reserve, the public has the chance to experience a natural peat swamp forestfirst hand and understand the threatstoit.We hope the Run will help raise awareness for this delicate ecosystem which is held in balance by … Continued

Allianz Malaysia targets 5% disabled employees by 2017

In six months, Allianz Malaysia has gone from employing one to 23 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and targets 99 employees with disabilities by 2017. As a result of an Innovation Incubator Workshop in late 2014, Allianz Malaysia decided to foster inclusivity through hiring of Persons with Disabilities The company began  hiring PWDs in January this year and currently have employed PWDs in various sectors including customer service, human resources, underwriting and corporate communications. “In Allianz Malaysia, we want to provide each employee with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We foster diversity and inclusiveness by creating an environment when … Continued