Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2014 – J.C. Jacobsen Foundation, the charity outreach of Carlsberg Malaysia, has continued with the brewer’s support towards the development and growth of Malaysian sports by sponsoring RM30,000 the OCM-Carlsberg Athletes Retirement Scheme, making the total contribution to RM3.67 million. At the ceremony, the Foundation also made its annual contribution of RM15,000 to SportExcel, the Foundation for Malaysian Sporting Excellence.
Henrik Juel Andersen, Board member of J.C. Jacobsen Foundation and Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia, said in his speech, “Carlsberg Malaysia has been the official partner of Olympic Council of Malaysia since 1994 and a Chartered Member of SportExcel since 1991. Over the last 20 years, the OCM-Carlsberg Athletes Retirement Scheme, with a total accumulated endowment insurance plan of RM3.67 million, have benefited 101 athletes who have either won gold medals in Commonwealth Games or Asian Games or any medals in the Olympics. Being a Chartered Member of SportExcel since 1991, Carlsberg Malaysia has made a total contribution of RM410,000, which have benefited hundreds of junior athletes in their pursuit for excellence in various sports.”
“Today, we see another 21 athletes recognised for their excellence and outstanding performance in the recently completed XX Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow and Asian Games 2014, Incheon and therefore eligible to receive the OCM-Carlsberg Athletes Retirement Scheme. It is our hope that the athletes will benefit from the coverage offered by the scheme, which will ease their stress in times of calamities,” Andersen added.
This year, the retirement scheme rewards amongst others, Ooi Tze Liang a RM50,000 endowment insurance policy for his gold medal in diving during the XX Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow while Lim Chee Wee and Syakila Salni Jefry Krisnan each received a RM50,000 life insurance policy for their respective karate gold medal in the Asian Games 2014, Incheon.
Tunku Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, President of Olympic Council of Malaysia, said, “I would like to congratulate our athletes who have excelled in the recently completed Commonwealth Games 2014 and Asian Games 2014. Their outstanding performance is certainly an inspiration for all Malaysians. If they continue to excel in these Games, the value of their Life Insurance Policy under the OCM-Carlsberg Retirement Scheme will definitely increase.”
Gold Medalist for Diving in XX Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow Ooi Tze Liang said, “I am pleased to be a recipient of this OCM-Carlsberg Athletes Retirement Scheme and would like to thank J.C. Jacobsen Foundation and OCM for recognising my achievement. It will definitely motivate me to continue in my sports and maintain if not achieve greater performance.”
Govindasamy Saravanan, the Gold Medalist for men’s 50km walk at the 15th Commonwealth Games 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, was one of the recipients of the retirement scheme who had withdrawn from the policy. “I withdrew from the policy upon its maturity and used the funds to expand my business. It’s certainly a reward that I am grateful for, as the financial support has helped me in my work,” Saravanan said.
For more info on Carlsberg Malaysia’s community and sports CSR initiatives, please visit http://www.carlsbergmalaysia.com.my/web/csr/cs_ofacommunity.aspx