‘Let’s Go Bananas 2!’ spurs on marathoners, runners, volunteers
and Malaysian talents with banana-themed party
Kuala Lumpur, 19 May 2012 – Some 300 people comprising marathoners, runners, volunteers and local talents had a banana-themed ‘fun under the sun’ today in conjunction with ‘Let’s Go Bananas 2’ fun movement hosted by Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia (Standard Chartered).
Let’s Go Bananas 2 returns following a successful first gathering on 17 March 2012, and is a build-up event to celebrate the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012, which is set to take place in six weeks – undoubtedly the nation’s largest marathon event.
Invitations were sent via the Standard Chartered KL Marathon Facebook page for the running community to come together to celebrate. Celebrating the marathon with bananas as a theme showcases the creative and fun side of the Bank involving a new social trend and music and dance to reinforce Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 as an event that inspires and drives the running community. The fruit is a central feature on race day where as many as four tonnes of bananas were distributed in last year’s marathon.
The ‘Let’s Go Bananas’ fun movement began at Pavilion KL shopping mall with an assembly of running enthusiasts including the Bank’s staff. The crowd then broke out into a choreographed dance to Madonna’s latest hit song – Give Me All Your Luvin’ and delighted curious on-lookers with their infectious energy. After the 4-minute jive, the group walked under the new covered walkway to join the general public at the Standard Chartered KL’s Park in the City, located adjacent to KLCC. Upon arrival, all guests once again performed the lively routine, joined by Tuan Haji Mohd Najib bin Haji Mohd., Deputy Director General Project Implementation & Maintenance of Kuala Lumpur City Hall, other esteemed guests as well as over 70 staff from KL Municipal Council (DBKL). An array of delicious local savouries and banana-inspired desserts was served while popular band Taysha’s Ink and award-winning Tilu entertained the crowd.
Hosting the event at Standard Chartered KL’s Park in the City was no coincidence as the venue furthers Kuala Lumpur along its goal to become the top 20 most liveable cities in the world by 2020. Just last month, Standard Chartered became the first organization to be offered the opportunity to adopt the 40,000 sq.ft. park under the government’s Signature Park Adoption Programme.
Registrations for Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 were closed last month upon receiving overwhelming response after reaching the targeted number of 27,000 runners, six weeks ahead the estimated closing date of 31 May.
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Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012
Back for the fourth time, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place on 24 June 2012. The marathon will welcome over 28,000 total participants, ranging from elite professionals to first-time amateurs. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and 45 countries. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 continues as Malaysia’s flagship running event with top runners competing for a total of USD100,000 prize money.
For more information, visit www.kl-marathon.com
Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
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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’.
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 close to 7,000 employees in all its Malaysian operations.