Finding a Better Future for the Children: BIBD Charity Expedition 2013
The upcoming annual Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Charity Expedition will be held in Brunei on November 24th for the second year running. Encouraged by last year’s success with roughly 5000 participants along with raising more than B$330 000, this year’s event hopes to attract 7000 runners to raise even more funds for charity.
The BIBD Charity Expedition 2013 is organised under BIBD’s flagship charity program ALAF (Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future), which aims to create more opportunities for underprivileged children to have access to better education in Brunei.
This year’s Charity Expedition has 5 running events, along with a charity bazaar, and will be held on November 24th at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. It will feature five different sporting events: a competitive 21 and 10 kilometre race along with non-competitive races of 5km and 2.5km, along with the introduction of the 42km run for selected participants only.
The competitive 21 and 10 kilometre categories will take runners through the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports before looping back to the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. Participants stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to B$2,000 along with marathon packages to Singapore. First, second and third prize winners will also receive an exclusive winners’ T-Shirt, together with winning medals.
The new 42km run offers a twist on the standard marathon, as it represents a more goal-oriented segment for contributions towards the ALAF. Interested participants were required to answer this question, “Why do you want to run the 42km for the BIBD Charity Expedition?”
25 local participants who came up with the best answers were selected, and will be trained by professional coaches to help them in their preparations to be mentally and physically fit for the 42km run which includes controlling their diet, run clinics and others.
Another unique element to the 42km run is where the selected participants will be provided a sponsorship programme awarded by sponsors in the form of corporate organizations and individuals, selected from their online profiles. Sponsors can pledge to donate a certain amount of funds according to each kilometre accomplished by their sponsored runner.
The BIBD Charity Expedition 2013 takes place on November 24th 2013. Registrations close on October 24th 2013. Do visit the BIDB Charity Expedition website for the latest updates.