Kuala Lumpur, 25 August 2014 - It was an unforgettable experience for two lucky Grand Prize winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open 2014 contest. The contest, which ran from 1 April to 15 June 2014, entitled every Ricoh purchase worth RM10,000 and over for the grand prize, for which two lucky contestants (i.e. companies) were selected through a drawing process.
Mr Syaiful Nazri bin Abdul Aziz and Ms Mary Lim Yoke Lee, the two Grand Prize winners who were selected as representatives by their respective companies, were both treated to an all-expense paid trip to the United Kingdom to witness the Ricoh Women's British Open 2014 golf tournament first hand, courtesy of Ricoh Malaysia, the contest's organizers.
Their prize came complete with full access to catch all the action at the tournament. Additionally, they were privy to exclusive VIP admission into Ricoh's Hospitality Marquee and Pavilion, showcasing some of the latest technology by the world's largest manufacturer of office equipment and leading office solutions provider.
Like true winners, the duo were also treated like royalty, with meet and greet opportunities with players, free-flow of food and beverage, in addition to other door gifts and perks.
“As title sponsors of the Ricoh Women's British Open 2014 contest, we wanted to share the experience of the tournament with our customers. This is our main motivation behind the contest, as we showcase our dedication and appreciation to those who support our business. It's our way of saying thank you,” said Mr Peter Wee, Chief Operating Officer - Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd .
They also had the opportunity to experience the best of Ricoh's technology with some of the company's flagship products used throughout the tournament. These included Ricoh's Gel Jet printer, the Ricoh Theta 360 and Ricoh's very own iconic Interactive White Board (IWB) which was used in a variety of ways at the tournament, including allowing visitors to take pictures which could be personalised using the IWB. These pictures were then displayed on a photo wall, consisting of personalised pictures of all participating visitors.
“It was indeed an amazing experience to say the least. We had the opportunity to be treated to exclusive hospitality, courtesy of Ricoh. Getting to see world class players live and up close on the golf course was really something I will remember,” said an excited Mary.
“We had an exciting itinerary to begin with, and following this itinerary during our trip was even more exciting. I even got the chance to get my cap autographed by a professional player!” recalled a thrilled Syaiful.
The two winners were also taken on an exclusive tour of Ricoh UK Products Ltd (RPL). Here, Mary and Syaiful witnessed first-hand more of Ricoh's green footprint which include their recycling processes. They were also shown how new and innovative products were conceptualized and made. They soon learnt that the facility was more than a mere factory through the experience of Ricoh's eco line, by which old Multi-Function Printer (MFP) parts are used to create new ones.
Ricoh is always thinking about the future, everyday – this notion rings true across the golf courses at the tournament grounds with Ricoh's Green Initiatives For Tomorrow (GIFT). The initiative conceived by Ricoh, is aimed to help the world work towards creating solutions to stop climate change.
Furthermore, tying in with this green initiative, Ricoh also pledged the planting of 5 trees for every Birdie, 10 trees for every Eagle, and 1,000 trees for every Albatross and Hole-in-one scored throughout all four rounds of the tournament.
At Ricoh, leading a sustainable business is part of its DNA as it is imprinted in every aspect of the company. In 2013 for the ninth year in a row, Ricoh was listed as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World; in 2013, Ricoh was recognised by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for five years in a row. In that same year, Ricoh was also given the recognition for the tenth consecutive year by the FTSEGood Index for its “Best Practice” environmental management approach.