Bank M Tanzania has joined hands with other sponsors to become the main partner of the Rotary Dar Marathon 2013, which will be held Monday 14th of October 2013 -Nyerere day.
Rotary Dar Marathon Board Chair, Sharmila Bhatt, says they intend to collect at least TZS 350 million this year but the amount may go up depending on the turnout.
“Rotary in Tanzania has grown and is growing and we shall keep growing and making a difference to our community like the just finished cancer ward at the Muhumbili National Hospital. This would not have been possible without the support from Bank M especially since we started,” she said.
The Marathon will consist of two routes; a half marathon of 21.1 Km and a walk of 9 KM which will start and end at the Police Officers Mess in Msasani, Dar es Salaam.
This year’s theme is “Empowering future leaders through education” and the funds raised by the marathon will go will go towards refurbishing a 400sqm state of the art, Learning Resource Centre at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Rotary Dar Marathon Chair, Zainul Dossa, said “The library will have natural ventilation, information skills training, disability access and provision for e-services like journals, manuscripts, macro materials, maps, and much more - all encouraging social, interactive and collaborative learning spaces.”
Bank M Deputy CEO Jacqueline woiso comments that Bank M is committed to supporting the community based projects and has been able to achieve this through working together with Rotary since the introduction of the Marathon in 2009.
She also added “We sincerely believe that in years to come good resources and educating the young Tanzanians will pave the road for strong leadership for the country.”
The Rotary Dar Marathon intends to mobilize 10,000 walkers and runners and aims to raise Millions towards this cause of empowering future leaders through education.
In 2011 and 2012, Rotary Dar Marathon in partnership with Bank M, raised a combined TSH 1.3 Billion to build and equip a cancer ward for children at the Muhimbili National Hospital.
On the 1st of August, the brand new Rotary Pediatatric Oncology Ward at Muhimbili National Hospital opened its doors with 23 beds, much needed isolation rooms, piped oxygen, and other essential medical equipment.
Vice Chair of the Rotary Dar Marathon, Vikash Shah SAID, “As Rotarians, we are proud of what we have achieved with the strong support of our community. We believe, this year, we will be able to achieve the much more.”