Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run set for Feb 19

ABU DHABI – Organisers have confirmed that the 15th annual Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run (TFR) will be taking place on February 19th, 2010.

By (Wam)

Published: Wed 27 Jan 2010, 6:36 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:38 PM

The Run is being held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Advisor to His Highness the President of the UAE, and like every year, all proceeds will go to fund further cancer research in the UAE, however, this Run will take place from a new venue and will boast a themed programme to commemorate its 15th anniversary.

The Abu Dhabi TFR has officially entered its 15th year, and to celebrate, the organising Committee is currently cementing plans to make it the best Run yet.

“To mark our fifteen years of supporting cancer research in the UAE, we decided to make exciting changes to the programme, including the venue, theme and entertainment,” said Farid Dabaghi, Chair of the Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run Committee. “We’re positive that Run patrons and corporate supporters will be very pleased with the improvements we’ve made, and we look forward to welcoming adults, families and students alike on February 19 at the new venue to support this worthy cause.”

Full programme details will be announced closer to the Run date, but the new venue has been confirmed; the Run will kick off from 30th Street on the Corniche to the car park near the Corniche Hospital, and back. People can walk, run, roller-blade or skateboard, and the course is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, but cycling will not be permitted due to safety precautions. Registration begins at 8am and the Run itself will start at 10am, and will be inaugurated by HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early, to enjoy the live programme, soft drinks and sandwiches. Parking will be extremely limited, so participants are encouraged to use public transportation or walk to the site.

For up to date information, supporters can now join the facebook Group and follow TFR on twitter: “TFRinAbuDhabi”.

Every dirham raised will be donated to the Faculty of Medicine in the UAE University to fund innovative cancer research projects headed by UAE medical professionals.

About Terry Fox Run: The Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run has been held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Advisor to the President of the UAE, since its inception in 1995.

The run is organised by volunteers. All money raised is given to the Faculty of Medicine at the U.A.E University to fund world-class, innovative cancer research. The research is done by UAE-based researchers and scientists and focuses on the needs of UAE citizens and residents.

Last year, close to 15,000 people participated in the event and, in total, close to AED 700,000.00 was raised.

Over 3 million people worldwide have participated in a Terry Fox run. Over Can$400 million has been raised worldwide over the past 20 years to fund innovative cancer research.

Year 2008, Abu Dhabi ranked the 2nd highest when it came to raising funds, and the UAE’s combined Runs put it 1st out of the 29 participating countries in terms of revenues raised, and 2nd in terms of overall number of participants!

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