Marathon Des Sables BIBD Runner’s Quest for Charity

Marathon Des Sables BIBD Runner’s Quest for Charity


With the full support of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD), Brunei’s first ever Marathon Des Sables (MDS) runners, Hamsul Sulaiman and Ahmad Fathi Junaidi, have successfully completed the 28th MDS held in Sahara Desert in Morocco.

By strongly supporting the duo, BIBD via its Corporate Social Responsibility, aspire to create and raise awareness on having a global community that cares, ultimately becoming an integral and strong partner of the community. This partnership is developed to encourage a positive influence and inspiration to the nation besides supporting both BIBD’s and CSR’s future initiative plans, which includes the Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme which is designed to provide educational progression for the underprivileged children through a systematic sponsorship scheme.

The MDS, touted as the toughest footrace on earth, held over seven days and six stages, where the participants in the Marathon des Sables will have to survive across 155 miles (250 km) equivalent to running 5 1/2 marathons. With them, carrying all their essential equipment such as gear, food, obey a laundry list of safety rules; sleep in communal tents and so on, as only water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.

Ahmad Fathi managed to come in at 778th place with a time of 51 hours and 47 minutes, followed by compatriot Hamsul who finished in 959th place with a time of 69 hours and 13 minutes.

BIBD gave its full support to the MDS runners, in the shared belief that one can achieve anything with passion, determination and discipline.

The effort was hoped to raise awareness and to inspire others in achieving their own personal milestones as well as to raise funds for BIBD’s Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme.