Hav­ing fun in the Fun Run

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

Thou­sands of walk­ers and run­ners made their way from Univer­sity, Santa Ven­era, Paola and Ra­bat to St Ge­orge’s Square in Val­letta, to form a joy­ous cho­rus and a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere dur­ing the eight Pres­i­dent’s Sol­i­dar­ity Fun Run, sup­ported by Banif Bank.

Or­gan­ised by the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund Foun­da­tion and Sport Malta, this an­nual event has be­come a main­stay event, rais­ing con­sid­er­able funds for the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund Foun­da­tion, which ex­tends its sup­port to char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als and sec­tors in need.

Banif’s sup­port of Fun Run dates back to its in­cep­tion, with phi­lan­thropy, health and well­be­ing form­ing a strong part of the bank’s so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ef­forts.

“The en­thu­si­asm and gen­eros­ity of the Mal­tese peo­ple shines bright as we unite un­der the ban­ner of ‘One Na­tion, One Heart­beat’ to raise funds for such a wor­thy cause,” said Dr Michael Frendo, Banif Bank Chair­man. “On be­half of Banif, we would like to thank all those who walked and ran in the name of sol­i­dar­ity. For the past eight years we have kept up our com­mit­ment to the MCCFF, in­spired al­ways by the sol­i­dar­ity shown by the Mal­tese peo­ple! Well done and thank you to all in­volved!”

Dur­ing her speech fol­low­ing the Fun Run, Pres­i­dent Marie Louise ColeiroPreca said that Malta re­mains syn­ony­mous with gen­eros­ity.

She thanked all those who helped or­gan­ise the event, and said that peo­ple worked for months to pre­pare for this an­nual ac­tiv­ity. The Pres­i­dent said: “we con­tinue to look at each other with re­spect and in sol­i­dar­ity”.

She spoke of Malta’s youths, and said that they are the fu­ture of the coun­try, urg­ing them to con­tinue show­ing sol­i­dar­ity so that they can be ef­fec­tive fu­ture lead­ers of the coun­try.

It turned out to be quite a sunny day for the event, and a rel­a­tively large num­ber of par­tic­i­pants took part.

Pres­i­dent Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat were both at the Univer­sity prior to the walk, while Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­mon Busut­til is said to have ran from Ra­bat. Of­fi­cials told this news­room how­ever, that the Prime Min­is­ter did not ac­tu­ally make the jour­ney and only made an ap­pear­ance at the univer­sity as he had of­fi­cial business abroad.

Banif Bank Chair­man Dr Michael Frendo, speak­ing with the Malta In­de­pen­dent said: “We are happy to have been here from the be­gin­ning and re­tained our spon­sor­ship and work­ing with the Pres­i­dent over the years I think this is a good ini­tia­tive and this is some­thing we are happy to sup­port and I am sure we will con­tinue to sup­port over the years.”

Or­gan­ised by the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund Foun­da­tion and Sport Malta, this an­nual event has be­come a main­stay event, rais­ing con­sid­er­able funds for the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund Foun­da­tion, which ex­tends its sup­port to char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als and sec­tors in need.

Dur­ing his speech after ar­riv­ing in Val­letta, Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­mon Busut­til thanked ev­ery­one for tak­ing part in the ac­tiv­ity. And for the ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity. “We are not do­ing this for our­selves, but to help oth­ers”.

“Thank you for this show of a united Mal­tese peo­ple”.

Econ­omy Min­is­ter Chris Car­dona de­liv­ered the speech on be­half of gov­ern­ment, con­sid­er­ing the Prime Min­is­ter was abroad on business. He called the crowd a “sea of sol­i­dar­ity”.

“Thank you for giv­ing a clear ex­am­ple of how a united Malta leads to a win­ning Malta”.

He, on be­half of gov­ern­ment, do­nated €15,000 to the Com­mu­nity Chest Fund.

Mark Cu­ta­jar CEO of Sports Malta thanked ev­ery­one for tak­ing part in this ac­tiv­ity, call­ing it a suc­cess.

The Banif Bank CEO said that the bank was in­volved in the event since the be­gin­ning. He thanked the Pres­i­dent, for her work and spoke of her mes­sage of sol­i­dar­ity. He said he hopes to keep sup­pot­ing the event for many years.

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