Stanbic Bank Botswana has reaffirmed its dedication towards the development of local sporting talent. This comes as part of the Bank’s sponsorship of the annual Diacore Gaborone Marathon, which took place on Sunday 22nd March 2015.
Further rewarding the top Motswana male and female athletes in the 21.1km race (which Stanbic Bank has secured naming rights for). Mr. Godiraone Nthompe and Ms. Mema Tiango each earned themselves P5,000.00 cash prizes for their efforts, coming in at 1:08:43 and 1:22:14 respectively.
“The positive influence of sport in our society cannot be understated. We are always eager to help support platforms such as this which at once serve to promote sport, develop sporting talent, and bring communities together,” said Stanbic Bank Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Mr. Tasha Ferreira.
Each year, proceeds from the Marathon registration fees are awarded to official charities selected by DGM, with P615 000.00 having been donated to different charities in 2014. “I ran the 21.1km race and it was invigorating but tough! Knowing I was amongst thousands of others doing this for an incredible cause makes it well worth it. Seeing so many of my fellow colleagues rally together to participate was an incredible motivator!” said Tshoganetso Kgothatso, a Stanbic Bank staff member who finished the 21.1 km in 1 hour 23 minutes.
This year’s Marathon saw record participation, with a total of 6,000 participants having registered (including 200 members of Stanbic Bank staff), up from 2014’s 4,300 registrants. 2015 also saw an incredible 356 volunteers on site, for what has proven to be the most successful edition of the run-for-charity event yet.
“We are pleased to have been able to partner with the Diacore Gaborone Marathon for three years. We look forward to the 2016 Diacore Gaborone Marathon and the increasingly positive influence it has on the sporting fraternity and the wider community as we strive to move Batswana forward,” concluded Mr Ferreira.