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The Intermark to host first charity vertical run

KUALA LUMPUR (June 6): The Intermark will be hosting its first vertical run to challenge participants to race up more than 1,200 steps to reach the top of Vista Tower, formerly known as the Empire Tower.

The run, part of the group's corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity is set to benefit two charity organisations: SOS Children's Villages, and Shelter Homes.

The inaugural Intermark Charity Tower Run 2012 will be held on Saturday, July 7. Vista Tower is 62 stories, or 238m in height.

"The Intermark Charity Tower Run 2012 marks the success of the Intermark development. We felt the best way to celebrate was to come together to benefit the children, who stand for our future and growth," said The Intermark Sdn Bhd director Patrick Liau.

The two charities were selected with line with MGPA's philosophy, "global vision, local knowledge". SOS Children's Villages represented the corporation's global vision, while Shelter Homes is a local organisation represents its local interests.

SOS Children's Villages is the world's largest orphan's and abandoned children's charity, which aims to provide a new family and home for more than 78,000 children across 500 Children's Villages in 124 countries around the world. It also helps a million children and their families through SOS community outreach programmes.

Shelter Homes Malaysia will be embarking on the theme of "Education for the Betterment of Children" this year, where they will focus on the educational aspect of their children in their homes who come from dysfunctional families.

Presently, Shelter Homes run three homes: one for young children (boys and girls) from ages of 4-12 years; one for teenage boys (ages 13-17 years); and a third for teenage girls (ages 13-17 years).

The tower was completed in 1994, and was given a second breath of life in 2007 when MGPA, a private equity real estate investment advisory company, refurbished the tower to transform it into a Grade A building.

The changes include integrating innovative high performance building systems, which reduce energy and water consumption, as well as maintain a high level of indoor environmental quality. It is one of the first corporate buildings to be awarded with the prestigious Platinum LEED certification.

Vista Tower is home to many multinational corporations, including Petronas, Roche, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (SMBC), Thomson Reuters, BNP Paribas, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation, GECI International, Spire Research, Ranhill Worley Parsons, Sherwin-William, Hyundai, UOB Bank as well as the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

There are four race categories for individual participation: the men's open (18 years and above); men's veteran (45 years and above); women's open (18 years and above); and women's veteran (45 years and above). The race categories for corporate teams are the same.

Participation is RM50 for individuals, and RM1,000 for three participants for corporate teams. The closing date for registration is on June 4, 2012, or the first 200 entries.

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