|Abdul Karim (third left) thanking Smith (second right) during the ceremony as STB chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz (second left), STB acting CEO Mary Wan Mering (left) and STB events director Angelina Patricia Bateman look on yesterday.|
KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) has announced that Zurich Insurance Malaysia Bhd (ZIMB) and Zurich Takaful Malaysia Bhd (ZTMB) have become a corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner with the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2017.
In a mock cheque handing over ceremony between ZIMB chief executive officer Philip Smith and Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday, it was stated that Zurich Malaysia is sponsoring a total of RM200,000 to RWMF 2017.
The RWMF has taken new steps this year, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary, to promote health and wellness through physical activities and meditation.
Zurich Malaysia has an ongoing CSR programme ‘Eat Right to Play Right’ which utilises football as a platform to educate children on nutrition while instilling self-discipline and sportsmanship.
Smith, who is also executive director of ZTMB, said Zurich Malaysia is delighted to be associated with this very important festival, particularly on the occasion on its 20th anniversary.
He revealed that Sarawak is the second heaviest penetration of (insurance) policies for Zurich Malaysia, after Negeri Sembilan.
“We came across the Rainforest World Music Festival opportunity relatively recently. This looks like one of the things that we want to get engaged in because the festival is very important to the community,” he added.
Meanwhile, Abdul Karim said he was very happy that Zurich Malaysia is sponsoring RWMF 2017.
“RWMF is not just about music, its about showing our culture and making sure that this beautiful state, the multi-ethnic groups and our very rich culture is promoted to the world,” he noted.
He was hopeful that Zurich Malaysia would continue to sponsor the RWMF in the coming years.
The RWMF 2017, which will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, will feature 29 bands during the three days of stage shows from July 14-16.
STB is targeting 20,000 festival goers for the event which will also line up activities such as health and wellness programmes, the festival’s usual mini sessions, arts and crafts for children as well as traditional food and crafts bazaars.
For further information on festival activities, logistics or tickets, log on to rwmf.net. -TheBorneoPost