Since the start of September, MUFG colleagues from all over EMEA united their efforts and rose to the challenge to run, walk, cycle and even dance the total distance between Johannesburg to London via our regional offices, all in aid of our charity partners across the region.

Approximately 700 colleagues from 15 locations across the region took part and together completed a total of 43,842km, raising an incredible £50,462 to contribute to MUFG's charity partners' continued efforts to support disadvantaged young people regionally.

Whether it was the month-long walking challenge, a salsa dancing class, or a guided walking tour of a historic art exhibition, there was no lack of creativity to the different ways colleagues clocked-up the kilometres.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease in certain regions, 142 colleagues, clients, friends and family came together to 'Run for Good', covering a five kilometre stretch past some of the most iconic landmarks in London. Sean Fitzpatrick, former New Zealand rugby union player and Chairman of the Laureus Academy, got in the action by joining in too.

The EMEA Executive team raised the bar in a 'Beat the Chiefs' challenge, which saw 65 colleagues' pair-up to see if they can run and cycle further than management members. This year, the competition was even tougher as Babalwa Latsha joined the Laureus Johannesburg chiefs' team. She is captain of South Africa's Springbok women's rugby team and the first African woman to join the sport.

Zinab Aldaraji, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for MUFG in EMEA, said:

"MUFG in EMEA clearly likes a challenge, especially when it's to support our charity partners! Every year I continue to be impressed by the lengths our dedicated employees go to in order to raise money and improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in our communities.

"I'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who got involved, from colleagues to clients, and of course, Laureus Sport for Good."

MUFG works with a range of organisations that make a positive difference to local communities across the world. Over the last three years, the Fitprints for Good fundraising has secured a total of £135,462 in support of Laureus Sport for Good and other MUFG charity partners in the region. This year, the money will support the charities that are currently at the front line of tackling social issues in communities across EMEA caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.