Over 400 participants participated in the Standard Chartered Virtual Marathon held at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) in Kakamega.
The Marathon brought together Lecturers, students and People Living with Disabilities.
Speaking after the race, MMUST Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Solomon Shibairo, said the partnership with Standard Chartered Bank is crucial in spearheading the ‘Future Makers’ programme, which the Bank targets from the funds that will be raised through the Marathon.
Prof. Shibairo said that MMUST will partner with the Bank to offer support in the treatment of eye ailments and to offer internships to students from the institution.
The VC asked other stakeholders to partner with the University in environmental conservation initiatives, to keep the country green and fertile as part of the University’s focus areas, which is also supported by the Bank.
The Head of Branches Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya, Joan Ambuche, lauded community participation in the marathon.
She noted that the Bank is keen to extend community participation in Standard Chartered Marathon in the future which, apart from raising funds to support its initiatives, the race is good for one’s exercise.
Ambuche noted that the Bank are raising funds through the Marathon to support the ‘Future Makers’ Programme, to prepare youths for the job market.
Standard Chartered Bank targets to raise over US$ Dollars 50 million by 2023 to address inequality and promote economic inclusion for the younger generation.