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Filed on October 10, 2014

Al Jalila Foundation organises 575km- 7EmiratesRun to raise Dh777,000 to support more patients in the UAE who cannot afford medical treatment.

Al Jalila Foundation officials and other delegates posing for a photograph during a Press conference held to announce the second edition of the 7EmiratesRun.Supplied photo

Al Jalila Foundation, a Dubai-based global healthcare philanthropic organisation, is hoping to raise Dh777,000 in the second edition of the 12-day charity run, the 7EmiratesRun, to support more patients in the UAE who cannot afford medical treatment.

Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council and sponsored by Buimerc Corporation, a multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Jebel Ali Free Zone, the 7EmiratesRun will start on November 21 and conclude on the 43rd UAE National Day on December 2, 2014.

The 575km-run will start in Abu Dhabi and culminate in Dubai. Other sponsors of the event include Dubai Healthcare City, GermanLimbtech, a leading orthopaedic solution provider operating in the DHCC, and Dubai Bone and Joint Centre (DBAJ), a comprehensive medical centre for musculoskeletal treatment and research.

Last year, Dubai-based runners traversed the seven emirates to raise funds to help Mohammed Ayoub, a Sharjah toddler suffering from limb deformities, get back on his feet. A total of Dh100,000 was raised to fund his surgeries and post-operative care. Today, Mohammed is able to walk with prosthetic support.

The funds were raised by the runners through Al Jalila Foundation’s charitable fund A’awen that helps patients in the UAE who cannot afford medical treatment.

The 2014 edition of the 12-day charity run will be led by 7EmiratesRun Race Director, German expatriate Wendelin Lauxen, Guinness World Record holder for the fastest time to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents.

Categories of the run

The run has four categories: Category one, in which participants can run the entire 575km course; two, where participants can be part of a seven-member team relay; three, where participants can choose to run on any individual days either the full course or partial; and the fourth, where participants can be part of the special UAE National Day marathon limited to 43 runners.

The fourth category will commemorate the 43 years of the Federation symbolised by the number — 43 runners — who will join the 7EmiratesRun team on the last leg of the run from Sharjah to Dubai, officials of the foundation said at a Press conference.

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said the expansion of the 7EmiratesRun and the strong support it has received reflect the significant impact that government bodies, corporates, foundations and members of the community can have on people’s lives. “Such events help generate the support we depend on to fund our medical education, research and treatment programmes. More importantly, they help cultivate a culture where health is the utmost priority, which in turn, supports our vision to position the UAE (at) the forefront of medical innovation.”

Benefits

Dr Ahmed Sharif, Director-General, Dubai Sports Council, said the important sporting event delivers various benefits on both athletic and humanitarian levels. “It also plays an important role in strengthening ties between the UAE’s citizens and residents. We are delighted to be partners alongside Al Jalila Foundation in this mission.”

Siddharth Balachandran, executive chairman and CEO of Buimerc Corporation, the title sponsor of 7EmiratesRun, and patron of Al Jalila Foundation’s Majlis Al Ata’a, said: “Buimerc Corporation is proud to continue our support to Al Jalila Foundation and to this inspiring event, which combines health and charity. As a UAE-based organisation, we are committed to supporting homegrown institutions. Buimerc Corporation and its subsidiaries believe in conducting its business with unstinting adherence to the ‘TEST’ ideals; namely Trust, Excellence, Strength and Transparency. We at Buimerc believe that the Al Jalila Foundation is an institution that epitomises these ideals as well. Together, we as corporate entities should rally for causes that will improve the lives of people in the UAE.” -issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com


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