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Fat-assed EFG throws weight behind half-assed (sorry, couldn’t resist) marathon: WTF! No tobacco companies?
Byline: Srey Na Koh
Friday, 22nd June, 2012, 10:15 H
Phnom Penh: The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia’s international half marathon that was held in Phnom Penh last Sunday was attended by thousands of participants from various schools, companies and institutions, both national and international. Among those participating were more than a hundred employees from BBQ Chicken, The Pizza Company and Swensen’s, franchises belonging to the multi fast food conglomerate, EFG (Express Food Group).
Dressed in running gear and raring to go, all the competitors were gathered in front of the royal palace before being sent off the mark at 6 am. Apart from the main race itself, an exclusive competition had been set up for those mounted on wheelchairs. The athletes were cheered on by their various companies and co-workers in the midst of a musical fanfare.
EFG got involved in the half marathon as a means of supporting and developing athletics in Cambodia in order to make sports as much a cultural phenomenom here as it is in western nations; directing youth away from drug use and engaging their free time enjoying sports activities, as a means of maintaining health, and as a way of unwinding after the stresses of the day.
EFG, the parent company for the famous international food franchises BBQ Chicken, The Pizza Company and Swensen’s, is often to be found actively taking part in organized charity events. In the past EFG has thrown its support behind the orphaned and indigent children’s NGO, Tiny Toones, and has participated in other charitable undertakings at various international school and university venues such as: CIAPP International School’s ‘Quiz Night,’ for the construction of housing for the poor; a charity concert at Cambodian Mekong University, for raising funds for impoverished children at elementary schools throughout Kampong Thom and Siem Reap Provinces; The University of Cambodia’s charity concert that welcomed in the New Year and raised donations for the orphaned children of Kampong Speu, etc. etc.
I particularly liked the KFC being handed out at the finish line
I guess that's what you do with it when it doesn't sell. According to one of the papers a few weeks ago they are running at a considerable loss in Phnom Penh.
I have a two word business plan that is sure to put KFC back in the black. "Drive Through"! The local Lexus drivers would love it - at least for a few months before the next fad came along.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
― Christopher Hitchens
Khmer Lexus version: drive over, or hit and run.
People who steal from banks get jail. Banks who steal from people get bonuses. You gotta love capitalism!
and the winner was a lady from NAMRU 2, the U.S. Embassy Navy Medical Research Unit. A pic of the staff is below. Why the f*ck does the navy have such a big research program in Cambodia? The entirity of the taxes in my lifetime are going to pay for this useless operation!!
Malaria & tropical disease research. It tends to be better to do it in places that actually have Malaria & tropical diseases. Doing it at the Pentagon just isn't the same.
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