HSBC Malta staff take to the road from Gozo for fundraising challenge
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More than 125 employees swam, cycled, ran, and walked their way from Gozo to San Anton Palace 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 Gharb to Hondoq ir-Rummien, after which participants swam through the Challenge, from Gozo to Malta through Comino, and then finally cycled from Cirkewwa to Ta’ Qali National Park.
The walking circuit featured a round trip from San Anton Palace to Ta’ Qali National 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.”
PhotosL Acting President Dolores Cristina and HSBC’s Decca Fan with the participants of the HSBC’s Triathlon. Photo 2: (From left) HSBC’s Ray Cassar, Samantha Hollyoak, Charmaine Cutajar and Paul Meilak on completing the swim stage of the triathlon challenge. And photo 3: All the cyclists participating in this year’s HSBC Staff Triathlon prior to their departure from Cirkewwa.