HSBC fun run 2011 features Natori singlet

The forthcoming HSBC anniversary fun run on November 26, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds is the second run I am joining this year and am excited! Aside from running itself, it will be a good exercise in people-watching as some of Manila’s who’s who in different fields are also participating.

Run organizers led by HSBC are bringing the event to a good start by unveiling last week the elegant race singlet designed by no less than Ms. Josie Natori. It features a distinctively stylized Japanese character which is inspired by the international label’s latest collection “The Way of the Samurai.”

Am sure you’d agree with me that this is the most elegant singlet seen so far.

Front view –

HSBC singlet designed by Natori

Back view –

HSBC singlet designed by Natori

The HSBC PR ladies led by SVP & Head of Group Communications Johanna Garcia (middle) even came to the presscon in their gorgeous Natori dresses.

HSBC Philippines

Aside from the designer singlet, participants to the HSBC fun run will also get loot bags containing premium items such as custom-designed HSBC finisher shirt, water bottle and baller ID.

Early bird registration fee is 600 pesos for 3KM, 5KM, 10KM (until November 7).After that, it’s already 800 pesos.

Ms. Garcia enthuses: “Slots are going fast, so we encourage people to register as soon as possible.  In addition to the great items we’re giving away, all registrants will also get the chance to join a special raffle draw where the lucky winner gets two Cathay Pacific round-trip tickets to London.  The race winners in each category will each receive a non-transferable round-trip ticket to Hong Kong.”

I would say the 800 pesos registration fee is so worth it 🙂 And of course, it is all for a good cause as HSBC’s 136th anniversary run will benefit Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation (SAS), a non-profit foundation that promotes the love and habit of reading among Filipino children.

HSBC has been supporting SAS for the past eight years and their partnership has helped 650,000 students; 9,000 teachers; and 285 principals all over the country largely through two pioneering programs developed jointly by HSBC and SAS: the HSBC Principals Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program (HSBC PLP) and Kinder College.

SAS Co-founder and Chairperson Lizzie E. Zobel says, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as HSBC’s beneficiary for this year’s run.  Our partnership with HSBC has been a long and productive one, and this latest show of support from them and Josie Natori will go a long way towards improving the quality and reach of public school education in the Philippines.”

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