Mercedes-Benz’s ‘Stories That Drive You, Drive Us’ contest

Kuala Lumpur, 19 August 2011 – A noble cause becomes a reality, a family passion kindled in a young heart and a daughter voices admiration for her father’s road to success – these were the top three photo stories that captured the judges’ hearts in a recent contest organised by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia in conjunction with its 125! Years of Innovation celebrations.

Grand Prize winner, Chew Hoong Ling, shared her experience of donating part of her liver to a hepatoblastoma patient. Her reward, besides a great feeling of joy at being able to share something so near and dear, is a Mercedes-scar on her belly. Inspired by an article written by monks entitled “The Joy of Giving” in a booklet called “Life’s Great Gifts”, the 31-year old professional emcee, moderator and motivational speaker has been a passionate advocate of organ donation since the tender age of 13.

When a 13-year old girl was in need of a transplant, Chew knew it was time to walk the talk but never imagined she would permanently carry her dream car’s distinguished 3-point star so close to her.

“I never knew of the ‘Mercedes-scar’ until the doctors briefed me prior to my surgery and I expected a C-Class sized scar judging by what the doctor drew in the air. But it turned out to be a 14-inch S-Class one instead!”

“It was quite an experience, as I had the opportunity to undergo something that I have been extremely passionate about and in the process gain a unique and pleasant reminder of my deed,” she remarked.Chew walked away with a 3 days 2 nights vacation package to Club Med Cherating and will have the luxury of driving to her destination in her favourite Mercedes-Benz, the C-Class. She also received a limited edition Mercedes-Benz model car.

A member of the Public Awareness Action Committee for Organ and Tissue Donation under the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Chew added that organ donation can be a difficult topic to address and she is always on the lookout for innovative ways to put across her message and hopefully inspire more people to pledge or donate their organs.

The entire Mercedes-Benz Malaysia photo-story contest which ran for nine weeks from May to July was conducted via Facebook. It invited owners and enthusiasts to share their special moments and experiences affiliated with the brand.