In November 2018, the All Women Expedition To
Antarctica (AWETA) 2018 – an initiative of Malaysia’s All Women Empowerment To
Accelerate Secretariat – will embark on a journey to Antarctica.
Today, the 19 protégés training to become part of this
expedition will set up base camp in Snow World at Resorts World Genting for 4
days and 3 nights stay totaling 72 hours between 4th and 7th
May. With constant sub-zero temperatures, the training camp at Snow World will
serve as the first step of the expedition’s intensive cold weather training
“We are honoured to be chosen as one of the venues for
AWETA 2018, as we at Resorts World Genting fully support the initiative to
empower Malaysian women,” says Tun Mohammed Hanif Bin Omar, Deputy Chair of
Genting Malaysia Berhad.
“The ambition of this initiative, which is to create
new role models for young Malaysian women in the Malaysia Boleh spirit is
admirable. They say that women of the world support half of the sky. Well, now
these brave Malaysian women can now do their part in supporting the future of
Malaysia underneath the Antarctic sky. That the Snow World at Resorts World
Genting, meant as a place of fun and leisure for families, can serve as a
stepping stone for this ambitious task is very gratifying to us,” added Tun
With the aim of creating protégés for Dr Sharifah
Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir, Malaysia’s National Expeditor that has completed the
Polar Hat Trick by conquering the South Pole (2004), the North Pole (2007) and
Greenland (2011), AWETA 2018 is devoted to a national mission of empowering
Malaysian women aged 18 and above to succeed. The 19 protégés that have made it
to Resorts World Genting were selected from a pool of 70 participants
interviewed over a six-month, nationwide AWETA roadshow. After going through
intensive fitness training, the qualifying candidates are now scheduled to
undergo a rigorous set of challenges as part of a reality television programme
designed to test their strength in five aspects – mental, emotional, physical,
social and spiritual (MEPSS).
Dr Sharifah in her message advised, “Achieving one’s
dream is no easy task. One will face
challenges that will test their strength along the way whether it be mentally,
emotionally, physically, socially or spiritually. But by having a very focused mind, one will
achieve their goals even in the coldest weather.”
‘We are very pleased to partner with Resorts World
Genting as this mission of 4 days 3 nights in Snow World will certainly help us
find the top five ladies to join me at the Antarctica this November,” explained
The event saw guest of honor DYMM Tuanku Zara Salim,
Permaisuri Perak flag off the challenge at the Snow World. With Her Royal Highness were Tun Hanif, Puan
Sri Cecilia wife to Genting Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Dr Sharifah
and Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.
of AWETA with DYMM Tuanku Zara Salim, Permaisuri Perak Tun Hanif, Puan Sri
Cecilia wife to Genting Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Dr Sharifah and
Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.
Visitors to Snow World usually spend 30 minutes in the
sealed space, but the 19 AWETA protégés will spend a total of 72 hours – a new
Malaysian record - in temperatures maintained at a constant -6 degrees Celsius
or lower when snow is manufactured and release during midnight. Snow World,
designed to resemble an Alpine village with slopes and slides, will then test
the protégés in various tasks that will serve as an introduction to the polar
The contestants kept themselves warm in Snow World by
staying active with various challenges thoroughout the day for at least five
hours. They also sang the national anthem, ‘Negaraku’ every morning to keep
their spirits up.
Not only that, the contestants kept themselves active
by doing pushups and situps as well as dancing regularly.
When the 72 hours were up on 8 May, the contestants
were very excited to get out of the cold and finally complete their challenge.
contestants upon exiting Snow World
16 contestants out of 19 successfully completed the
challenge and are well on their way to become the chosen ones for Antarctica.
Contestants giddy with joy and relief at completing
their challenge. The girls were then treated to a celebratory dinner at the
Genting International Convention Centre.
Ms Katherine Chew, Vice President of Resort
Communications and Public Relations gave a speech to congratulate the girls on
their successful performance at the closing dinner.
Dr. Sharifah expressing her pride at the teamwork and
determination that the ladies showed during the 72 hours at Snow World.
The ladies remained energetic even after spending 72
hours in -6 degrees weather and managed to put on a performance that excited
the audience at the closing ceremony.
Certificated were presented to all 16 contestants who
successfully completed the challenge by Ms Katherine Chew, Dr Sharifah and Dato
Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.
Ms Katherine Chew was made an official member of AWETA
and presented with an autographed copy of Dr Sharifah’s book, Into 90 degrees
North by Dr Sharifah and Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.
Once the challenge at Resorts World Genting is
completed, five successful contestants (and two reserves) will be selected to
form the AWETA 2018 expedition. They will then undergo further intensive
training, both in Malaysia (4-5 months) and overseas in Norway and Greenland (1
month), before embarking on the journey of a lifetime to Antarctica in November
Arriving at Hercules Inlet Near Base Camp Patroit
Hills on the continent of Antarctica, the AWETA 2018 expedition will then
traverse 1,100 km within 55 days to the South Pole. There, they are tasked to
retrieve the time capsule placed by National Expeditor Dr Sharifah Mazlina Syed
Abdul Kadir in 2004, and place a new time capsule with the Transformasi
Nasional 2050 (TN50) mandate envisioned by Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Najib
Tun Abdul Razak, to be retrieved by future generations of Malaysian women. Snow
World at Resorts World Genting will be one small step for this brave group of
women, and one giant leap forward for Malaysia.
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