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Capital Market Players Run for Others at Bursa Bull Charge 2018
Over RM2 million to be disbursed from Bursa Malaysia’s Annual Charity Run

02 Oct 2018

Kuala Lumpur, 2 October 2018 – Bursa Malaysia Berhad’s (“Bursa Malaysia or the Exchange”) annual charity run, the Bursa Bull Charge saw captains of industries, partners of Bursa Malaysia and capital market players taking to the streets of Kuala Lumpur’s central business district once again last Thursday, 27th September to run for others and raise funds for a beneficial cause.

The Bursa Bull Charge was flagged off by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming and Bursa Malaysia Chairman, Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz. The Deputy Minister also joined in the 1.5km and 5.0km run, and spent the afternoon engaging with participants at the event which was held at Bursa Malaysia’s headquarters. The race categories included a 1.5km CEO, CEO Veteran and Para Run, a 5.0km Corporate Open, Corporate Veteran and Future Leader Challenge Run as well as a 3.0km Corporate Open and Corporate Veteran Run.

“We are encouraged by the great show of support from capital market players for this year’s Bursa Bull Charge, and also uplifted by the enthusiastic spirit demonstrated by the runners. Despite a heavy downpour that delayed the 5.0km and 3.0km race by 30 minutes, the runners charged ahead after the rain subsided to a light shower, showcasing the runners’ commitment to our cause whether rain or shine, and bringing together the essence of running for others,” said Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan, the Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia.

Since its inception in 2014, over 7,000 runners have participated in the Bursa Bull Charge with more than RM7 million disbursed to over 120 beneficiaries for charity and various beneficial causes, which have included initiatives to sustain, empower or upskill underprivileged communities through education, guidance and financial aid.

This year’s event is the fifth edition of the premier capital market charity run, and attracted more than 1,500 runners and the participation of over 100 organisations from across corporate Malaysia, successfully raising over RM2 million to be disbursed through the Yayasan Bursa Malaysia, to over 20 beneficiary organisations to improve the lives of underserved communities. 

“As with every Bursa Bull Charge since our first one in 2014, we are proud to commit every single sen received from participating corporations and the public to a beneficial cause, in particular through initiatives to increase financial literacy and entrepreneurship, in contributing to the overall sustainable development of the nation,” added Datuk Seri Tajuddin.  

Bursa Malaysia will announce the full list of over 20 beneficiaries who will receive funds from the proceeds of the Bursa Bull Charge 2018 in November.

Three of the beneficiary organisations this year were announced at the prize-giving ceremony of the Bursa Bull Charge 2018. They include Vision 2 Transform, an organisation dedicated to bring financial literacy programmes to 2,000 students in the Klang Valley; the Dato’ Senator Temenggong Lawai Jau Education Trust, an organisation working to encourage entrepreneurship among the indigenous people of Sarawak; and Blubear Holdings Sdn Bhd which is focused on working with women from indigenous communities in Sabah to facilitate and enhance their economic participation.

In marking its fifth-year milestone this year, the Bursa Bull Charge was anchored on a sub-theme of supporting six of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enhance Bursa Malaysia’s continuous pursuit in championing sustainability as a going concern across the capital market. 

The six SDGs, the first five of which are put forward by the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative as relevant for stock exchanges to support, are SDG5: Gender Equality, SDG8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth, SDG12: Responsible Consumption, SDG13: Climate Action, SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals and SDG4: Quality Education.

In line with this support for the SDGs, the Bursa Bull Charge 2018 featured more inclusivity to encourage more participation from women, veteran and para runners, and presented event entertainment by differently-abled persons. The organisers also ensured a carbon-neutral event by measuring and offsetting the carbon emissions of the run.

The winners of the Bursa Bull Charge 2018 have been announced on the Bursa Bull Charge website at http://bullcharge.bursamarketplace.com.

“The Bursa Bull Charge remains Bursa Malaysia’s flagship event that brings together capital market players for a good cause, and we are truly encouraged by the growing support we have received. We look forward to strengthening this event every year, and widening the ripple effects from the funds raised to improve the livelihoods of underprivileged communities through sustainable development programmes,” said Datuk Seri Tajuddin. 

 

YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (3rd from right) and Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia (4th from right) line up with participating CEOs at the starting line.

 

YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming and Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan encouraging differently-abled participants from Care2Run at the Bursa Bull Charge 2018.

 

Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz, Chairman of Bursa Malaysia flagging off the 5km race despite the rain, flanked by Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan.

 

(From left to right): Johari Abdul Muid, Board Member of Bursa Malaysia; YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming; Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan; and Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz at the Bursa Bull Charge 2018.

 

Runners of the 5km run category charging through at the Bursa Bull Charge 2018.

 

Runners of the 3km run category charging through at the Bursa Bull Charge 2018.