Wednesday, May 08, 2013

SCKLM 2013 : Donate your ex for a good cause!

Donate your ex for a good cause!
Standard Chartered KL Marathon brings together
EcoKnights and New Balance in support of a good cause

Kuala Lumpur, 23 April 2013 – Recently, many were spotted carrying along a pair of their used shoes in town. These were the throngs of people who came together to support EcoKnights for a good cause.

Crowds with extra pair of shoes

A charity partner of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, EcoKnights worked together with New Balance at a charity drive last Sunday at The Square, Publika, rewarding those who donated their shoes with New Balance discount vouchers.

Rainer Biemans, Project Director of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon shared, “We provide our charity partners with more than just monetary support. This in particular was an opportunity for our sponsor New Balance to support the efforts of EkoKnights. This is another example of how the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is built on the efforts of bringing people together under a common banner for a good cause. This is why the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is recognised as more than just a marathon.” 

Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights together with contributor Alex Foo

Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights said, “We are glad to have this collaborative effort with Standard Chartered KL Marathon to collect these used shoes. Thanks to the public’s support, we have collected more than a hundred pairs of shoes which will be donated to the indigenous communities of Temenggor.”

Contributor Elliza Abdul Rahim donating her used sport shoes
Elliza Abdul Rahim, one of the contributors shared, “I dumped my ex for a good cause! It was great that EcoKnights and New Balance gave me the opportunity to care for the wellbeing of indigenous communities. Not to forget the Standard Chartered KL Marathon who brought this together.”

Apart from the public charity drive that happened on Sunday, Standard Chartered Bank – the title sponsor of Standard Chartered KL Marathon also had an internal charity drive to collect used shoes last Friday. The event was held at Menara Standard Chartered. Staffs were also encouraged to donate their used shoes to EcoKnights.

Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights together with Standard Chartered's Country Head of Corporate Affairs, Liz Kamaruddin

Standard Chartered's Country Head of Corporate Affairs, Liz Kamaruddin said, "We are glad to see that the benefit of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon going beyond sports. Through this campaign, many have come together to donate their used shoes for a good cause.”

About the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013
Back for the fifth year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place on 30 June 2013 at Dataran Merdeka. This year, the Marathon exceeded its target with a total of 33,000 runners registered, ranging from elite professionals to first-time amateurs. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and over 48 countries worldwide. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 continues as Malaysia’s flagship running event with top runners competing for a total of USD110,000 prize money in 2013.

For more information on the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon, please refer to:

About Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns more than 90 per cent of its profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, the Group offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for nearly 87,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. Standard Chartered’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’.

For further information please visit Follow Standard Chartered at and on Twitter @StanChart.

Standard Chartered in Malaysia
Standard Chartered Bank, a member of the Standard Chartered Group was established in Malaysia in 1875 and incorporated as Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad on 29 February 1984.  As Malaysia’s first bank, Standard Chartered leads the way through product innovation, consistent and strong growth performance and sustainability initiatives. The Bank’s two businesses - Wholesale and Consumer Banking – provides a comprehensive range of financial products and services to corporates, institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals through its network of 40 branches across Malaysia.

In 2001, Standard Chartered UK established its third global technology & operations centre, Scope International, in Malaysia – the first international bank to do so in the country. Scope International provides software development, banking operations, IT support services and customer service capabilities to the Bank in up to 70 countries. It now houses the biggest software development company in the country, International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) and has a total workforce of more than 3,200 people.

Price Solutions Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank UK is also located in Malaysia. The company promotes and markets Standard Chartered’s financial products in Malaysia through a network of direct sales agents.

Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad’s Islamic Banking subsidiary was established in November 2008. It offers a full suite of Shariah-compliant products and services to individuals and corporates through its financial centres.

Standard Chartered employs more than 7,000 employees in all its Malaysian operations.

About the Event Organiser
Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd is a Kuala Lumpur-based company that provides strategic event management expertise for high scale sporting events. Dirigo is headed by Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng that collectively have over 30 years in planning international sports events, and includes managing previous Standard Chartered KL Marathons. For more information on Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd, please call +603 7725 0881.

About EcoKnights
EcoKnights was formed in 2006 as part of a collective effort to provide environmental outreach programmes for communities and industry players.

EcoKnights' members and volunteers are made up of professional individuals with a great passion for the environment. Its goals are to advance the cause of environmental issues through better and wider dissemination of environmental news and views, assisting in CSR/SR initiatives, or developing programmes for advocacy and lobbying of urgent environmental matters.

EcoKnights mission is to support all national and international environmental programmes with the emphasis of promoting sustainable development amongst industry players and communities.

Funds raised through Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 will be channeled to a project called Mantanani Island Conservation Area (MICA). The MICA programme aims to build sustainable communities in Sabah by providing freshwater to villagers.

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