The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2016 continued to record great success in line with the past events.
This year the Bank hosted 18,500 participants at the Nyayo National Stadium on 30th October 2016 and was able to raise close to Kes 40 million through registration fees and donations.
Speaking during a sponsors’ thank you dinner at Kempinski Villarosa, Standard Chartered CEO, Mr. Lamin Manjang thanked Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon partners and sponsors for supporting this noble initiative. ”
This year the Bank received in-kind contribution of Kes 60 million from sponsors to complement the Kes 90 million investments by the Bank.
Through your generous contribution we will move closer to our goal of eradicating avoidable blindness. I urge you to continue supporting Seeing is Believing even as we plan to engage more partners to expand the scope of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon while at the same time enrich the participants’ experience,” said Lamin.
The history of the marathon and Seeing is Believing dates back to 2003, when as part of Standard Chartered Bank’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the Bank launched the ‘Seeing is Believing’ Bank flagship community initiative aiming to eradicate avoidable blindness.
its 14 years of existence, the marathon has recorded tremendous success and has funded 9 Seeing is Believing projects in Kenya which have reached in excess of 6.15 million people, performed 166,019 surgical interventions, screened 175,793 people, trained 1,520 health workers and upgraded 10 buildings.
Standard Chartered Bank also used the event to handover the Seeing is Believing East Africa Child Eye Health Care Program to the Ministry of Health.
The Bank invested over $6m in this programme to reduce the percentage of avoidable blindness and visual impairment in three East African countries (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) throughout 2013-2016.