Jonathan Morris, CEO, Standard Chartered UAE
Standard Chartered has announced that more than 800 of its staff in the UAE will be taking part as competitors and volunteers when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2013 kicks off on Friday 25th January. The bank’s employees are taking part in the Dubai Marathon to raise awareness about ‘Seeing is Believing’ (SiB), Standard Chartered’s global initiative which aims to raise USD 100 million to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020.
Standard Chartered has revealed that a total of USD 50 million has already been raised by the initiative, as the bank has pledged to match all donations dollar for dollar. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2013 expects another record number ofrunners competing in the 42.195km full marathon, 10km Road Race, 3km Fun Run and Leaders Cup.
Commenting on the active participation of Bank’s employees at this year’s Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Jonathan Morris, CEO, Standard Chartered UAE said: “Over the years the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has become an ideal communal activity that brings together people from all walks of life to run for a cause or a purpose. The active participation of our staff who are either running or volunteering at the Marathon is driven by our innate belief in our ability to eradicate avoidable blindness worldwide. Our continuing support for and participation at the marathon reinforce our genuine commitment to further strengthen our relationships with the UAE community.”
A ‘Seeing is Believing’ tent will be put up during the Marathon as part of the awareness campaign and to raise funds. The booth will be manned by Standard Chartered employees who will provide visitors with information about the programme and sell SiB merchandise.
Through Seeing is Believing, Standard Chartered has helped restore the sight of more than 2.5 million people globally. For 2012, the Bank was able to secure permission to raise funds for ‘Seeing is Believing’ from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Red Crescent. Over USD 250,000 was raised in the UAE through various initiatives organised by the ‘Seeing is Believing’ committee in 2012.
Standard Chartered has been the title sponsor for the Dubai marathon since 2005. The bank is the title sponsor of nine marathons across four continents.
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has been recognised as among the top five marathons organised globally and the 2012 edition was certified by the IAAF as the Best Marathon in Asia, with nearly 19,000 runners from 90 countries participating.