Team HSBC makes a dash for Team Dr Klown

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Over 50 HSBC Malta em­ploy­ees ran, swam, cy­cled and walked across Gozo and Malta as part of the HSBC Chal­lenge 2017. This event was aimed at bring­ing smiles to chil­dren by rais­ing funds in aid of the NGO Dr Klown.

The event took off from Gozo with a 6km swim from Ħon­doq ir-Rum­mien to Ċirkewwa. A shorter, 2km swim started off from Comino. The Aħrax area served as the back­drop to the 10km or 5km run, while the 50km and the op­tional 15km cy­cling cir­cuit was set in the pic­turesque Mġarr area. The 5km walk ended at the Par­adise Bay area, where par­tic­i­pants were greeted by HSBC Malta chief Risk of­fi­cer Joyce Grech and other se­nior bank of­fi­cials, fam­ily mem­bers and col­leagues.

The sum con­trib­uted by the par­tic­i­pants was in ad­di­tion to an amount col­lected at an ear­lier cy­cling event or­gan­ised by a group of HSBC em­ploy­ees on 30 March. Part of the do­na­tion will be used to print and dis­trib­ute es­pe­cially-de­signed Dr Klown play­ing cards to chil­dren dur­ing the hospi­tal vis­its by “Klowns”.

Es­tab­lished in 2010, Dr Klown was set up with the aim of of­fer­ing clown doc­tor serv- ices in Mater Dei Hospi­tal, in the process mak­ing hospi­tal stays less bor­ing for chil­dren. Vol­un­teers un­dergo a spe­cialised train­ing pro­gramme in­clud­ing artis­tic skill de­vel­op­ment as well as psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port and train­ing.

Grech said: “My col­leagues put a lot of en­ergy and ded­i­ca­tion into this char­ity event. Know­ing that this hard work will aid the Dr Klown vol­un­teers and en­sure that the hospi­tal en­vi­ron­ment is less painful for the young pa­tients and vis­i­tors is surely well worth all this ef­fort.”

“Special thanks go to all those in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this chal­lenge. Their ef­forts cer­tainly went into a com­mend­able cause,” she said.

This is the sev­enth time the HSBC Chal­lenge has been or­gan­ised. It was or­gan­ised by the HSBC Malta Foun­da­tion and the bank’s Sports and So­cial Com­mit­tee.

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