September 25, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

Olympic Rendezvous @ SAMSUNG Reaches Half-million Visitor Mark

SYDNEY, Australia - September 25th 2000 - Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung in Sydney Olympic Park has attracted more than 86,360 visits by athletes and their family members in the first week of the Games. More than 500,000 spectators have attended daily events at the Rendezvous Plaza and experienced the mobile digital technology showcase.

The Athletes Centre at Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung has been visited by world-class Olympic athletes like Michael Johnson (USA, Track & Field), Nancy Johnson (USA, Shooting), Susie O#eill (Australia, Swimming), Todd Pearson (Australia, Swimming), Nova Peris-Kneebone (Australia, Athletics), Matt Welsh (Australia, Swimming), Brad McGee (Australia, Cycling), Terence Parkin (South Africa, Swimming) and many more. They were all able to meet with their family and friends at the Athletes Centre, as well as with fans from all over the world during special events in the Plaza.

#e hoped that Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung in Sydney Olympic Park would become a popular gathering place for fans and athletes, and these figures have exceeded our expectations. It has been a great hit. We are delighted that we can contribute to the overall atmosphere of the Games,#said Mr. Il-Hyung Chang, Vice President and Head of Olympic Projects for Samsung Electronics.

Kim Johnson of Mount Riverview: the 500,000th visitor

A special celebration was held to honour the 500,000th visitor to the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung. This was Kim Johnson of Mount Riverview in Sydney# Blue Mountains. Mr. Chang presented a bouquet of flowers to Ms Johnson, and she was then led to the stage and given the opportunity to make a free telephone call anywhere in the world. She first tried to ring her father in Queensland who was not at home, and then called her son, Nicholas, and her daughter, Rebecca, and told them about her experience.

# was very surprised. I had heard there would be a celebration of the 500,000th visitor, but I didn# think it was going to be me,#said Kim during the small party that followed in the Athletes Centre in the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung.

#his is my first day at Olympic Park, and I# here accompanying clients. I think this is really impressive what you#e got here. I will certainly come back.#

Kim also received a special Samsung gift pack containing an Akubra hat that she said she would give to her husband, David, as well as a T-shirt, a selection of Samsung Olympic Pins, and the latest special Samsung Olympic Games Phone.

Each day at Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung honours a different country# cultural day with an entertainment program that truly celebrates diversity and has proven to be a popular attraction.

Autographed T-shirts and other athletes#apparel and sporting equipment are auctioned each evening to the public at special auctions for Olympic Aid. To date, A$63,725 has been raised by these auctions for disadvantaged children.

Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung is located at the corner of Sarah Durack and Olympic Boulevard. It is open to the public from 10:00am to 11:00pm daily during the Games.

For further information please contact: Samsung Media Centre, +61-2-8119 5277/5278


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