CRDB Managing Director, Abdulmajid Nsekela said the marathon that is expected to involve 4,000 participants will be held in Dar es Salaam mid next month. “We thank the Vice President for accepting to grace the event which is important to rescue lives of these kids,” said Nsekela in the statement.
He said other A-list participants expected to take part in the ‘CRDB Bank Marathon’ are Minister of Information, Sports, Youths and Culture, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe and former President Jakaya Kikwete.
“Although the government has been investing heavily in JKCI’s activities in collaboration with other stakeholders such as CRDB, we still feel obliged to involve our partners,” the CRDB chief added. Last week, the bank’s Corporate Affairs Director, Tully Mwambapa said the marathon will also include 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.