Stanbic Bank Botswana on Thursday handed over prizes to the winners of the 2017 Diacore Marathon in Onneile Dintwe and Rapula Diphoko. The duo managed to register better times at this year’s marathon after they went through vigorous training and extensive camp after the 2016 marathon. Both athletes recognised the help that Stanbic has rendered to help them prepare better for the Diacore Marathon. Dintwe said that she is very happy to have clocked 01:20:51 during race even though before that he had a setback with an injury. She said the support that Stanbic has rendered towards them has taken her far. She has even managed to buy herself a car and is able to assist young runners as well. “I can never stop thanking God enough. I am glad that I am a champion again this year. I can tell you that it is all about hard work, commitment and perseverance. I never give up because this has changed my life completely,” she declared.
Diphoko also expressed his gratitude because since Stanbic bank took them on board, they do not have to worry about training gear and preparation because the bank takes care of all those needs. Diphoko made a huge comeback for the year 2017 to become the winner because in 2016 he finished at position four. “I think if Stanbic didn’t take us last year to prepare I wouldn’t be where I am now and I am also grateful and will continue working hard,” he said. Both Diphoko and Dintwe received a P10 000 cash prize each from the bank. Another beneficiary of the marathon who received money from Stanbic Bank was The African Women Leadership Academy (TAWLA). TAWLA received P16 000 from the bank. Dr Mpho Gilika from TAWLA appreciated the gesture, revealing that they will continue to empower young women, the girl and boy-child through networking, mentoring and leadership skills training.
Stanbic’s Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Sheperd Aisam said they are happy to be on the 5th year of their partnership with the Diacore Marathon. “We believe in promoting sporting excellence, instilling a culture of supporting home grown talent and giving back to the community which we operate in,” he said. Diacore Gaborone Marathon’s Thabo Makgato said they want to see Botswana-born athletes running highly competitive times and using the event as a stepping stone to other major international events. “It gives us even greater pride that the marathon has availed avenues for us to give back to charity,” he said.