Press Release

"Convoy x Zheng Sheng – Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100K Expedition"
Convoy Joins hands with Zheng Sheng Students to Participate in the Antarctic 100k Ultra Race
Raises funds for long-term development of Zheng Sheng College

 

(11 December 2014, Hong Kong)– Subsequent to completing the 250 km Sahara Desert Marathon and the North Pole Marathon with temperatures of -30°C, Convoy Financial Group ("Convoy") will achieve another breakthrough in 2015 by organising the “Convoy x Zheng Sheng – Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100KExpedition.” The participants will become the first group of Hong Kong people to participate in the Antarctic 100k race which has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as “the southernmost marathon on earth.” It is not only a key event for Convoy, but is also the final stage of the trilogy of “Convoy Supports Zheng Sheng” events.Mr. Quincy Wong, Chairman of Convoy Financial Group, will join the three Associate Directors Mr. Kason Fok, Mr. Andrew Lai and Mr. Steve Lo who all finished the North Pole Marathon last year, and sponsor Chris Tang, a graduate of Zheng Sheng College, to join the race. The Group hopes to raise public awareness of Zheng Sheng College’s contribution to society, continue their support to the students and raise funds for the long-term development and operation of the school.

 

Channels positive energy into Zheng Sheng College by participating in “the southernmost marathon on earth”

On the heels of the “Convoy Totem Run 2014” in October and the completion of the 100 km Oxfam Trailwalker with the Zheng Sheng students in November, Convoy will continue to fulfill its mission with the Group’s Chairman Quicy Wong leading the “Convoy x Zheng Sheng Team” to participate in the 100km ultra race held in Antarctica with a distance double that of the North Pole Marathon. Convoy will sponsor Chris Tang, a graduate of Zheng Sheng College, to travel from Hong Kong to Antarctica. By running through different places, the Group hopes to pass its unique running culture onto the next generation and also convey the value of perseverance to Zheng Sheng students and encourage them to form a positive philosophy about life in order to face the challenges ahead and strive to chart a new course in their lives.

 

Quincy Wong, Group Chairman, said at the inauguration ceremony of “Convoy x Zheng Sheng – Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100KExpedition” today, “Running is a distinguishing feature of Convoy’s corporate culture and I believe making running more meaningful and beneficial beyond the event is more important.Therefore, Convoy always encourages colleagues to participate in different running races to arouse the public awareness of various issues. At the beginning of this year, we learned about the unsafe building problem of Zheng Sheng College and realised what they needed went beyond resources to acceptance and support from society. We hope to inspire a better outlook on life through facing the power of nature and the challenges to our physical limits during this Antarctic journey. Also, through Chris’s story, we hope to arouse concern of the public about Zheng Sheng College and its students while passing on the virtue of perseverance to success to the young generation and creating a role model for other Zheng Sheng students.”

 

Mr. Alman Chan, Principal of Christian Zheng Sheng College, said, “This year we have been truly fortunate to have a chance to meet with Convoy. The activities that they have sponsored and organised have successfully raised a handsome amount for Zheng Sheng College to improve the campus conditions for our teachers and students. We hope the story of Chris can deliver a message to all of society that social acceptance and care for young people who had committed wrongdoings in the past can help them resume a bright life and contribute to society. I believe the Antarctic Ultra Race is not only a physical challenge, but also an important milestone in the personal development. I deeply believe that the experience that Chris gains in meeting the challenges of the Antarctic Ice Marathon will help him overcome the various challenges to his life in the future.” Chan added, “We thank Convoy for their support and hope to raise HK$2.5 million for our school’s long term development and operations through this event to allow sustainable development of the school to provide a second chance in life for more students who have come to realize their past wrongdoings and wish to start over again.”

 

Patagonia is the apparel sponsor of this Antarctic journey. Following its sponsorship of the North Pole Marathon, the company will again provide gear to all team members to help them manage the severe cold weather in Antarctica. Mr. Danny Siu, Retail Manager of Patagonia, said, “Patagonia is very pleased to be the designated gear sponsor of “Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100KExpedition”. It is a great pleasure for us to participate in such a meaningful event. We hope the Convoy x Zheng Sheng Team will complete the race with the best gear and in their best condition.”

 

Establishes online donation platform with “Cloudonate” to raise funds for long-term development of Zheng Sheng College

Apart from the considerable expenses for the urgent improvement works to the campus environment, the daily expenses of Zheng Sheng College are also significant. The College faces uncertainties in its long-term development and operations, similar to the challenges in completing the race in a snow-covered field. It is only through “persistence” that we can enter a new horizon. Convoy hopes that society will continue to care about and support Zheng Sheng College. In this regard, it has engaged in a partnership with Cloudonate, a donation platform, to establish an online donation website (http://www.cloudonate.org), whereby the general public can make a donation to Zheng Sheng College anytime and anywhere.

 

Opens a new “Convoy x Zheng Sheng – Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100KExpedition” support webpage

It is no mean feat to complete an 100 km race at a temperature of -30°C or lower. Apart from the willpower and perseverance of the runners, the support from friends can also infuse more energy to them. To tap this reservoir of support, Convoy has opened a webpage (website:  http://marathon.convoy.com.hk/) for the race which not only provides information about the race, but also allows the public to leave encouraging words to the runners to boost their determination and confidence to complete the race.

Photo captions:

Photo 1: Convoy Financial Group organizes“Convoy x Zheng Sheng – Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100K Expedition”. Mr. Quincy Wong, Chairman of the Group (fourth from the left), will join three Convoy Associate Directors Mr. Kason Fok (first from the right), Mr. Andrew Lai (second from the right), Mr. Steve Lo (first from the left) and Zheng Sheng College graduate Mr. Chris Tang (second from the left) to take on this Antarctic 100km ultra race challenge.

Photo 2: Officiating guests attend the inauguration ceremony of “Convoy x Zheng Sheng – Journey to Overcome the Extremes – Antarctic 100K Expedition” today and wish for the team’s successful completion of the race.
From left to right:

  • Mr. Steve Lo, Associate Director, Convoy Financial Services Limited
  • Mr. Chris Tang, Graduate, Christian Zheng Sheng College
  • Mr. Danny Chan, Anchor, “Hiking.Walking”
  • Mr. Quincy Wong, Chairman, Convoy Financial Group
  • Mr. Alman Chan, Principal, Christian Zheng Sheng College
  • Mr. Danny Siu, Sales Manager, Patagonia
  • Mr. Andrew Lai, Associate Director, Convoy Financial Services Limited
  • Mr. Kason Fok, Associate Director, Convoy Financial Services Limited

Mr. Quincy Wong (fourth on the left), Chairman of Convoy Financial Group, will join the three Associate Directors Mr. Kason Fok (first on the right), Mr. Andrew Lai (second on the right) and Mr. Steve Lo (first on the left) who all finished the North Pole Marathon last year, and sponsor Chris Tang, a graduate of Zheng Sheng College, to join the race. The Group hopes to raise public awareness of Zheng Sheng College’s contribution to society, continue their support to the students and raise funds for the long-term development and operation of the school.