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Thousands flood Malta’s streets to raise money for charity

Eight edition of President’s Solidarity Fun Run in aid of Malta Community Chest Fund draws thousands of runners and walkers

Staff Reporter
6 November 2016, 12:03pm
Thousands of people transformed Malta’s busy roads into the track for the eight edition of the President’s Solidarity Fun Run, collecting thousands in aid of charity.

Proceeds from the Fun Run were donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund and Foundation, which provides financial, material and professional support to people experiencing difficulties because of sever chronic illness, and also supports persons with disability, people in poverty and NGOs.

President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro Preca was joined on stage in Valletta by Labour deputy leader Chris Cardona, Nationalist Leader Simon Busuttil, Michelle Muscat, as well as several MPs and ministers
President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro Preca was joined on stage in Valletta by Labour deputy leader Chris Cardona, Nationalist Leader Simon Busuttil, Michelle Muscat, as well as several MPs and ministers
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca greeting the participants gathered in St George's Square
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca greeting the participants gathered in St George's Square
Runners departed from the Saqqajja Hill in Rabat for the 11.3 kilometre run before making their way to St George’s Valletta while thousands of participants walked from Paola, the University of Malta or Santa Venera.

Participants then converged at Portes des Bombes in Blata l-Bajda before reaching the finishing line outside St George’s square, Valletta for the finale.

Each donated €10 to the Malta Community Chest Fund.

The President’s Solidarity Fun Run was supported by Banif Bank for the eight consecutive year.

 “The enthusiasm and generosity of the Maltese people shines bright as we unite under the banner of ‘One Nation, One Heartbeat’ to raise funds for such a worthy cause,” said Banif Bank Chairman Michael Frendo.

“On behalf of Banif, we would like to thank all those who walked and ran in the name of solidarity. For the past eight years we have kept up our commitment to the MCCFF, inspired always by the solidarity shown by the Maltese people! Well done and thank you to all involved!” Frendo said.

The Fun Run was attended by President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, as well as several MPs from both sides of the house, ministers and dignitaries.

Hundreds of Bank of Valletta employees took part in the President's Fun Run
Hundreds of Bank of Valletta employees took part in the President's Fun Run
Among the participants were hundreds of Bank of Valletta employees who took part in a warm up choreographed by fitness trainer and colleague Jes Sciberras. Other BOV employees joined walkers and runners on their way to Valletta. 

Organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation and Sport Malta, this annual event has become a mainstay event, raising considerable funds for the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.