Four Standard Chartered Bank Zambia employees have successfully completed a 420km cycle ride challenge to raise funds for charity under the Bank’s Future maker’s initiative. Future makers’ aims to help young people in our communities to learn earn and grow.
The team made up of Sam Gondwe, Chrenten Musonda, Keith Musewa, and Edwin Chilongo from the IT, Property and Supply Chain teams respectively, joined 13 other Standard Chartered cyclists from Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius and Zimbabwe to complete the cycle ride challenge, which saw them cycle from Gaberone (Botswana) all the way to Johannesburg (South Africa) in 5 days.
Future makers by Standard Chartered are the Bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality and seek to promote greater economic inclusion for young people in communities across the globe. The initiative supports disadvantaged young people from low-income households, particularly girls and people with visual impairments, to take part in programmes focused on education, employability and entrepreneurship. The initiative’s goal is to raise US$50 million (through fundraising and Bank-matching) between 2019 and 2023 to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
This employee-led cycle challenge initiative was developed by the team who sought to find a way to merge their passion for cycling and the desire to make a contribution to Future makers.
Commenting on the successful completion of the cycle challenge, the Bank’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Christine Matambo, said, “We are very proud of the ingenuity shown by all the cyclists who took part in this cycling challenge, and for finding an innovative way to contribute to charity. The cyclists gave their time, their own fitness and worked together as a team. We are proud of all of them – their organization and commitment is commendable.”