In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. We’ve already shared with you some stories of how trekkers are preparing for the trek – in terms of both training and fundraising. This month, we’ve spoken to Ahmed who has recently completed the Copenhagen Marathon.

When it comes to training for the trek, it is hard to think of a challenge tougher than a marathon, especially for someone who has only ever ran 21 kilometres, which is still no easy task! Ahmed took on the Copenhagen to test his endurance ahead of the 5 day trek in August, and to of course support his fundraising efforts. Here’s what Ahmed had to say about his Marathon experience:

It surely was a rewarding experience, but a very painful one as well, since the most I’ve ran at once was 21 kilometres!

I’ve also leveraged on my participation in the marathon by asking my friends and family to help me reach my fundraising target of $1,000. I posted the fundraising ask on social media before I started the marathon, and mentioned that my Fiancée would be in touch with me throughout the race via whatsapp to inform me about the fundraising progress, which would of course act as big motivation for me to push myself all the way to the finish line! This was very effective in encouraging people to donate.”

With the marathon under his belt, Ahmed has now raised over $1,200 for WaterAid.

Congratulations Ahmed!

Over the past five years, WaterAid and HSBC have worked together to transform lives in six countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria. Together, we have reached 1.65 million people with clean water and 2.5 million people with sanitation and hygiene. The work funded by HSBC Water Programme allows communities to build skills, increase their productivity and future-proof economies of the regions they live in. Find out more about WaterAid’s work in partnership with HSBC.

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