More than 125 employees swam, cycled, ran, and walked their way from Gozo to SanAntonPalace today. The annual triathlon is organised by HSBC Malta Foundation, together with the Bank’s Sports and Social Committee. For the first time in its history, the triathlon raised funds for two charities, namely the Malta Community Chest Fund’s L-Istrina and WaterAid Ghana.
By the end of the triathlon, the participants cumulatively covered an estimated distance of more than 1,900km consisting of 180km of swimming, 900km cycling, 500km of running, and 350km of walking. A number of participants completed the entire 70km triathlon challenge in a show of resolve, while one participant received applause for taking part in the Challenge from his wheelchair. In a first for the growing annual event, the triathlon was opened to Malta’s top athletes, who in turn showed strong support.
The freestyle triathlon got underway with a run in Gozo, from Għarb to Ħondoq ir-Rummien, after which participants swam through the Challenge, from Gozo to Malta through Comino, and then finally cycled from Ċirkewwa to Ta’ QaliNational Park. The walking circuit featured a round trip from SanAntonPalace to Ta’ QaliNational Park and back. The triathlon culminated at the President’s Palace at San Anton where they were greeted by Acting President Dolores Cristina, and HSBC Malta’s Chief Operating Officer Decca Fan.
Ms Fan said: “The growing size and scale of the annual triathlon challenge reinvigorates the spirit of community that HSBC employees maintain and allows us to join hands together over worthy causes. By extending our support to L-Istrina and WaterAid, HSBC Malta and its employees stand united in our efforts to improve the quality of life of people, and we thank the dedication and commitment of our employees who commit to such activities voluntarily and in their free time.
ring for disadvantaged children, the environment and heritage
Note to the Editors:
The HSBC Malta Foundation is committed to investing in the local community and looks to bring about lasting benefit in society. The Foundation makes this happen by raising funds and supporting programmes that make a difference to disadvantaged children, the environment and heritage. The Foundation works closely with a number of highly respected local businesses and not for profit organisations. The Foundation aims to make long term social investments and form partnerships rather than simply making donations. The Foundation takes pride in HSBC staff who contribute to the charities and causes that they feel passionate about, and HSBC encourages them to take an active role in initiatives supported by the HSBC Malta Foundation. The HSBC Malta Foundation works with the wider HSBC Group and makes the most of the resources and capabilities of a global bank for the benefit of the local Maltese community.
HSBC Malta staff take to the road for fundraising challenge /Pg.2
The HSBC Triathlon 2014 enjoyed the generous support of Medcomms Limited, Printex Limited, General Soft Drinks Co. Limited, Nicky Farrugia, Calypso Cruises, Oh Yeah Malta, Borg Brothers Removals – Siggiewi, and BPC International Limited.
Photocaption 1: Acting President Dolores Cristina greeting HSBC’s Triathlon participants, led by HSBC’s Decca Fan, funds from which will be forwarded to L-Istrina and WaterAid Ghana.
Photocaption 2: Acting President Dolores Cristina and HSBC’s Decca Fan with the participants of the HSBC’s Triathlon.
Photocaption 3: (From left) HSBC’s Ray Cassar, Samantha Hollyoak, Charmaine Cutajar and Paul Meilak on completing the swim stage of the triathlon challenge.
Photocaption 4: All the cyclists participating in this year’s HSBC Staff Triathlon prior to their departure from Cirkewwa.
on takes pride in HSBC staff who contribute to the charities and causes that they feel passionate about, and HSBC encourages them to take an active role in initiatives supported by the HSBC Malta Foundation. The HSBC Malta Foundation works with the wider HSBC Group and makes the most of the resources and capabilities of a global bank for the benefit of the local Maltese community.