The “Incredible Game” kicks off World Cup 2010 fever for children
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 August 2009 – Riding on the influencing power of football and the internet to support vulnerable children everywhere, Sony Malaysia and UNICEF have joined together to launch the Sony-UNICEF Incredible Game website.
Besides hosting an exciting virtual football challenge as part of Sony’s ongoing activities in the run up to the FIFA 2010 World Cup, the website will also reach out to members of the public, providing them with an interactive platform to learn more about UNICEF’s work in the areas of sports for development, young child survival and development, education, HIV and AIDS as well as child protection.
"No matter where you go in the world, the language of football speaks for itself, transcending class, age, religious and gender barriers," said UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and Special Representative to Brunei Mr Youssouf Oomar. "We hope that visitors to the Sony Incredible Game website will have fun and be inspired to join us in our efforts to change the lives of children in Malaysia and all around the world."
Universal language of hope
UNICEF has long recognised the importance of sport, recreation and play, not only as rights in themselves but also as a means to achieve positive results for children in development, in promoting peace, in challenging gender stereotypes and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Sport, recreation and play strengthen the health, minds and bodies of children. Sport possesses a special power and the capacity to change a life by improving psychological and physical well-being. It offers a sense of belonging and connectedness for orphans, street children and former child combatants, and teaches teamwork, sharing, discipline and respect for playing by the rules.
In the school yard, and on playing fields, playgrounds, alleys and back streets around the globe, sport has become an increasingly important tool for reaching out to children and inculcating their development.
Delivering UNICEF's goals for children
Through its partnership with UNICEF, Sony hopes to create better awareness amongst its fans about the challenges that children face in their daily lives.
"We at Sony are in a position to give something back to society and we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to do so. Sony looks forward to lending our support to UNICEF in order for us to help enhance and improve the lives of underprivileged children. Through the power of sport and the web, we hope to inspire people to help to deliver UNICEF's goals for children,” said Sony Malaysia Managing Director Mr. Naoi Sudo.
In addition to the launch of the Incredible Game website, this year long partnership will see Sony contribute USD50,000 (RM170,000) to enhance and aid UNICEF's local and global programs for children.
"In this troubling time of the global economic crisis, Sony’s support to children is a welcome symbol of hope," welcomed Mr. Youssouf. “Whatever our role in life, there is nothing that unites us and motivates us more than the welfare of children. Children are our future. It is only by investing in them can we hope to 'build a World Fit for Children'".
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Indra Kumari Nadchatram, UNICEF Malaysia
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Connie Goh, Sony Malaysia