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This year, Allianz Malaysia Berhad threw down a challenge to Malaysians, hoping to inspire them to be courageous in life through the #AllianzDare2bHealthy campaign. 

Umadevi Vengdesh, Jordan Lo Jo Zheng and Zurina Omar took on the challenge – each with a unique goal they set out to achieve through the campaign which inspired them to dare themselves to attempt their healthy resolutions. 

Self-confessed adrenaline junkie Umadevi had a life changing experience trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal from 6-14 November 2016. The Fear Factor Malaysia alumni said she barely slept a wink at night when ascending, but put aside her nerves and everything just sort of fell into place.  

“By far, this was the biggest challenge I took on – height, altitude and the duration (nine days). I didn’t think I had it in me to achieve this, to be honest. I’m still in disbelief that I actually did it. Out there, I truly learnt what it meant, when you say its mind over matter,” said Umadevi who works in finance. 

“The trek was more than just daring myself to do something courageous. It was truly a soul enriching experience as I got to witness firsthand the Gurkha culture, people and language. Who knew having Nepali cuisine up on the mountain would be nothing short of amazing! I would recommend anyone to do this; it will empower  you to do greater things. Annapurna was been a lifelong dream of mine and Allianz made it possible for me. So thank you Allianz,” added the 36-year-old who is now itching to try the Everest Base Camp. 

Meanwhile, Jordan became a certified diver and successfully completed his first deep-sea dive in Redang Island in Kuala Terengganu on 2 October 2016 had this to say about his experience: “I know its cliché to say this, but the experience was amazing. I was anxious, after all the hours put into theory and learning to dive. But the moment I hit the water and began my decent it just felt like an out-of-body experience. To be under the sea and witness all the marine life, it gives you perspective on life. There is so much to explore out there and you only have one life to live. I’m really glad I challenged myself to do this,” said the 27-year-old digital marketer.  

While freelancer Zurina, fell short of her goal to run 8km in 60 minutes in the 12km route at the Allianz Pacer Run 2016 in Putrajaya on 27 November 2016. The 33-year-old was six minutes shy of the mark after battling wet and windy conditions. 

“Definitely a little disappointed not to finish under an hour. The rain got to me for sure. I was expecting dry conditions and a flatter running route. That along with the cold and running in wet clothes and shoes, just made it a lot tougher. But there is a silver lining behind it. Through the campaign I lost 6kg training for the run. And I ran continuously for the first 8km which I have not been able to do before. So, the objective now is to not give up. This is just the beginning and I’ll still keep running” said Zurina. 

The #AllianzDare2bHealthy campaign was launched with a three-day on-ground activation event held between 6 - 8 May 2016  at the Ground Floor of Nu Sentral in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The campaign then continued online until 29 May 2016. The 24-day campaign attracted more than 200 Malaysians who have pledged to revive their resolutions, get out of their comfort zone and start living a healthier lifestyle.

Allianz Malaysia’s efforts to inspire everyday Malaysians to live extraordinary, courageous lives through its brand campaign Courage Never Fails. To find out more, about the Courage Never Fails campaign, visit www.allianz.com.my/Courage.  

“Our brand campaign is about to honouring exemplary individuals that simply dared to make a difference in their lives. Through our road tour, we hope meet and inspire everyday Malaysians to be courageous in life and to be a doer and to live life to the fullest because Courage Never Fails when Allianz is with you. 

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