Fun run marks Etihad’s 10 years

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Fun run marks Etihad’s 10 years

Etihad Airways on Friday organised a charity fun run to mark the airline’s tenth anniversary, with all funds raised going to the Abu Dhabi Autism Centre.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 28 Apr 2013, 9:46 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:56 AM

The centre provides psychiatric and educational services to children with autism and helps integrate them into the community.

“We hope that by bringing people together like this, we will help raise awareness and vital funds for a very deserving cause, and at the same time celebrate our tenth anniversary,” said the airline’s chairman of the sports and social committee and senior vice-president of government and aero-political affairs Khaled Al Mehairbi.

Participants of all ages gathered at the Abu Dhabi Corniche for the five-kilometre run and each of the five winners won a pair of tickets to any Etihad Airways’ destinations.

“As the UAE flag carrier we are at the heart of the community, we feel strongly about giving back to those in need,” explained Al Mehairbi.

The autism centre’s Head of Special Needs Sector, Mariam Saif Al Qubaisi, said: “I would like to extend our appreciation to Etihad Airways for its generous initiative in organising this charity marathon. Etihad Airways has always been generous in supporting special needs institutes, such as the Abu Dhabi Autism Centre and we hope we continue working closely in the future.”

The fun run was held in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain Mineral Water, Prestige Travel and Tourism, Beach Rotana Hotel, Aramex, Burjeel Hospital, Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs and Takatof.

Many other activities were organised including free health screenings by Burjeel hospital, fitness exercises and face painting activities for children. Additionally, a special Skip2Bfit challenge was held in which participants were asked to skip for two minutes and prizes were awarded to top skippers. —

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