A record number of 100 HSBC Malta employees ran, swam, cycled, and walked their way across the Maltese islands for the 5th annual HSBC triathlon challenge. Organised by the HSBC Malta Foundation together with the Bank’s Sports and Social Committee, the triathlon raises funds in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund’s L-Istrina.
Volunteers chose to either run, swim, cycle, or walk, collectively covering a distance of around 50 km, with the athletes’ cumulative distance totalling 1,400km – 200 km of running, 100 km of swimming, 900 km cycling and 200 km walking. The freestyle triathlon started with a run in Gozo, from Għarb to Ħondoq ir-Rummien, after which participants swam through the Fliegu, from Ħondoq in Gozo to Malta through Comino, and then finally cycled from Ċirkewwa to Ta’ Qali National Park. A “cool down” walk from Ta’ Qali brought participants to the President’s Palace at San Anton where they were greeted by Acting President Dolores Cristina, HSBC’s Chief Operating Officer Ranjit Gokarn and representatives of the Malta Community Chest Fund.
“The annual triathlon challenge which has now entered its 5th year is a great team building activity that brings HSBC employees and their family members together for an extremely worthy cause: L-Istrina.” said Mr Gokarn. “L-Istrina is very close to the heart for all of us at HSBC Malta, and special thanks go out to all those who show such dedication to support this important fund-raising. We thank the President and Acting President for their generosity in greeting us at the Palace, and everyone else involved in making this day very special in our calendar. We wish L-Istrina every success.”
Pictured above: Acting President Dolores Cristina greeting participants of the HSBC Staff Triathlon held in aid of L-Istrina, together with HSBC Chief Operating Officer Ranjit Gokarn.