The youths of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad had a once in a lifetime chance to train with ONE Championship athletes through a community initiative spearheaded by Caltex Havoline.
Caltex Havoline brand ambassador, Ev Ting along with ONE Championship Vice-President, Rich Franklin and local Malaysian athlete Agilan Thani, trained with the students with the aim to empower them through physical fitness activities and inspire them to face life’s toughest challenges with endurance and genuine strength.
“At Chevron, we value people. The passion that drives us towards excellence is the same passion that inspires us to commit to giving the best to our partners, customers, and communities. Just as Caltex Havoline puts the fight back in your engine, we want to empower the youth to fight for their dreams,” said Asim Khan, Area Business Manager – Cluster.
Though the athletes are in the thick of training for the upcoming ONE: Throne of Tiger on 10 February at Stadium Negara, they took time off to bond with the students of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad and taught them a few of their moves in the cage.
As Ev introduced the exercises, he also encouraged the youth to fight hard for their dreams. “These students have faced various challenges at quite a young age. I readily agreed to join this activity because I wanted to empower the students through physical fitness to develop their strengths and endurance to overcome life’s obstacles,” said Ev.
“This community initiative is the first-of-its-kind for SMK Sultan Abdul Samad. Both the students and teachers are excited to meet the fighters of ONE Championship and the live demonstration is a smart way to inspire the youths – a manner they can resonate with, that is also in line with our values that we practice at our school,” said Puan Zarina Awang, Principal of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad.
After the training exercises, the athletes and Rich spent some time designing tambourines with the youths, writing inspiring messages that speak of what they had learnt from the session. These collectibles will be auctioned at ONE: Throne of Tigers on 10 February 2017. The proceeds of the auction will be given to the school to carry on their good work with the youths.
Caltex Havoline is ONE Championship’s Southeast Asia regional partner for Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.