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Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 Charity Programme Raises Over HK$ 6.6m

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 Funds raised for charity by the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 have hit record highs.

Fundraising efforts from corporate clients, Standard Chartered staff, and general public in the Hong Kong community saw the 2013 Marathon Charity Programme collectively raise over HK$ 6.6 million for its three designated charities: Standard Chartered's global fundraising initiative "Seeing is Believing - ORBIS", the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, and the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society.

 This year, a record-breaking number of over 2,000 runners created fundraising pages through the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon Charity Programme, raising over HK$ 2 million in total.

Father and son duo Eric and Ezmond Cheung were the top fundraisers, between them raising more than HK$ 500K of which over HK$ 300K from the online portal alone. Motivated by the memory of Eric's wife who lost her struggle against cancer, the two took part in the 10km race and together set up a fundraising page to raise money for the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society in support of other families battling with cancer.

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 Charity Programme Raised over HK$ 6.6 million

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 Charity Programme raised over HK$ 6.6 million. See More Pictures.

The Corporate Challenge and SME Marathon Cup were set up not only to encourage corporations to get their staff involved in running, but also to generate funds for charity. In order to show the appreciation for the donors, the awards for both competitions of the highest team donors were given to KPMG for the Corporate Challenge and Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, and Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association for the SME Marathon Cup.

Benjamin Hung, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, said, "We are very grateful for the keen support of the business community, which ensured the success of the Corporate Challenge and SME Marathon Cup. This year, 368 corporate client teams and 319 SME teams participated in the race, raising a substantial amount for the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled and "Seeing is Believing - ORBIS", respectively. We look forward to seeing the business community gather at the Marathon again next year to support these good causes."

General public support was demonstrated in addition to monetary contribution. The "One Like, One Giving Heart" Facebook Campaign received tremendous support from the local and overseas community of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon Facebook page. The campaign accumulated more than 50,000 "Likes" and helped the three designated charities further raised over HK$ 130K and helped further spread the charity spirit of the Marathon to a wider audience.

Runners, corporates, other organisations and the general public all gave full support to this year's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon Charity Programme, raising HK$ 2,150,968 for "Seeing is Believing - ORBIS", HK$ 2,048,584 for the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, and HK$ 2,407,455 for The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society.

See also: Pictures from 2013 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

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