-Hyundai’s `Goodwill Balls’ end tour in 32 qualified nations, celebrate grand finale in South Africa ahead of games
-Hyundai’s `Goodwill Ball’ program is flagship event at World Cup, bringing global fans together
Hyundai Motor Company’s giant Goodwill Balls ended their 32-nation tour today, bringing together the best wishes of football fans from all over the world and signalling the beginning of the FIFA 2010 World Cup™ in South Africa.
Hyundai, one of the official partners of the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, celebrated the grand finale at Hyundai Sky Park at Sandton Central, Johannesburg under the theme “South Africa Welcomes the World to its Grounds.” Over 250 FIFA officials, VIPs and media members attended the event, which included a parade of all 32 of the four-meter high balls, together with some 300 dazzling performers.
The 32 Goodwill Balls, carrying messages of good luck written by thousands of fans for their national teams, gathered in Johannesburg after travelling through each of the 32 qualifying countries.
“The Goodwill Balls play a crucial role in promoting the excitement of the FIFA World Cup games throughout the world, as well as bringing the spirit of global friendship, fair play and goodwill together,” Mr. Sean S.H. Kim, Senior Vice President of Hyundai’s Marketing Division, said during the celebrations in Johannesburg today.
sixth time, Hyundai has sparked the passion and goodwill of football fans
worldwide through its Goodwill Ball program, which has been Hyundai’s flagship
promotional event for football since its first introduction at UEFA EURO
2000™. The giant balls visit major cities where fans can sign the balls and send
best wishes to their respective national teams. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup
South AfricaTM, the 32 balls will follow their national teams and the
messages will be on display at matches.