Bank to raise 200m/- to finance treatment of 100 heart condition

20Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Bank to raise 200m/- to finance treatment of 100 heart condition

A charity event due to be held next month dubbed ‘CRDB Marathon’ is targeting to raise 200m/- that will be used to sponsor 100 children suffering from heart conditions and waiting for surgery at Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Dar es Salaam.

CRDB Bank Plc staff members pose for a souvenir photo soon after completing a rehearsal ahead of mid August marathon to be held in Dar es Salaam. Photo courtesy of CRDB.

CRDB Bank Plc’s Corporate Affairs Director, Tully Mwambapa said in Dar es Salaam on Friday that the marathon that will be held in the commercial capital is expected to attract over 4,000 participants including cyclists.

“Minimum surgery costs per child at JKCI is 2m/- hence the donation will benefit at least 100 kids out of over 500 who are waiting for surgery at the centre,” said Mwambapa who urged members of the public to back the bank’s initiative.

She said the maiden event will be held annually with all collections being dedicated to help various challenges facing communities. “As CRDB we have been donating to JKCI regularly but because of the growing numbers of children who are suffering from heart conditions and whose parents have not financial means to meet costs of treatment, we have decided to involve our partners and stakeholders,” the CRDB Corporate Director added.

She named other partners that will join the bank in the fund raising event as JKCI, Sanlam Tanzania Limited, Strategis Insurance and Cool Blue. Under a slogan of ‘Kasi isambazayo tabasamu,’ which casually translates into, ‘Speed that generates a smile,’ the marathon involve five, 10 and 21 kilometres splinting and 42 kilometres cycling.

In a rehearsal held on Saturday to establish the routes, CRDB staff members led by Mwambapa splinted alongside e-FM, Wasafi FM and other jogging clubs. “The good thing with this marathon is that we will raise funds for a good cause but also participants will improve their minds and souls after exercising their bodies,” she added saying regular exercising will also help people keep away non communicable diseases which are currently haunting the public.