Announcing the partnership, Head of Non-Communicable Diseases & Mental Health Dr Kaponda Masiye said the Ministry calls upon all participants and those yet to register for the race to use this as a start and part of their physical exercises to improve their physical health.
“We encourage people to do physical exercises; so we have partnered with Be More Race because we know that this is addressing one of the four modifiable risk factors that are responsible for non-communicable diseases. Performing physical exercises is one way of addressing one of those risk factors and that is why we want to be together with Standard Bank so that people should have the habit of doing physical exercises.
“We are playing the role of creating awareness, because as a Ministry, we know we are mandated to let people know what they can do to prevent some of these diseases from getting worse. Government will reduce the amount of money allocated to buying drugs that treat non-communicable diseases only if we take part in reducing them by exercising in such races,” said Dr Masiye.
Standard Bank Head of Marketing & Communications Thoko Unyolo welcomed the partnership saying it complements Be More race of promoting health and wellness.
“Be More race aims at becoming a platform by the Bank to create partnerships with customers, families and community with the goal of promoting health, wellness, giving back to the community and driving financial services product awareness in society so this partnership is timely,” said Unyolo.
The second edition of Be More race will be held on 9 June 2018 and will start from the Bank’s head office in City Centre and stretch out to Area 18, Mtandire, Area 49, Area 9, Area 6, Area 47, Area 10 before returning to the City Centre at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC). The total distance is 21.2 kilometres.
In terms of prize money, Standard Bank has staked a total of K2.9 million split into K1.5 million for the first prize, K900, 000 for second prize and K550, 000 for the third prize in 21.2 Km category.