In collaboration with the Dubai Rowing Club, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is organising the first ever charity rowathon in the UAE. The event, which takes place on April 15, will raise funds for MSF’s Emergency Relief Fund.

By Mubashra Siddiqui

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Published: Thu 14 Apr 2005, 1:35 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:57 PM

The rowathon will start at QD’s at the Dubai Creek Club at noon, and cover a total distance of 44 kilometres. From the club, the rowers will move on to the tranquil waters between the Garhoud and Maktoum bridges.

Both amateur rowers from the Dubai Rowing Club as well as professional rowers flying in from Asia will participate in the event. The entire race will take approximately four hours, during which spectators can follow, the action from a dhow following the race or from QD’s. After the race, there will be presentations by DJ Steve Colman of Radio 2, a luxury barbecue and music.

The rowathon is the brainchild of Monty Khwaja, who founded the Dubai Rowing Club. Moved by the plight of those affected by the tsunami, he contacted MSF. "I wanted to hold an event to raise funds for those affected by the tsunami, and also an event that would promote rowing in the UAE," Khwaja said.

Geraldine Gallagher, event coordinator for MSF, added, "We are hoping to see many people down at QD’s to enjoy the food and fun on one of the last weekend outside before the summer heat sets it."

Tickets for the rowathon can be purchased from the MSF office in Dubai before 1.30pm, April 14 (04 345 81 77). They are also available at the Boardwalk at the Dubai Creek Club. Tickets cost Dh150 for adults and Dh75 for children and include the dhow trip and luxury barbecue.

MSF is an independent humanitarian medical aid agency committed to two objectives: providing medical aid wherever needed regardless of race, religion, politics, or sex and raising awareness of the plight of the people they help. MSF-UAE is a part of the international network of volunteers. It was established in UAE in 1995 under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education. MSF’s Emergency Relief Fund provides a resource for MSF to draw upon immediately when a crisis occurs, allowing a quick response to events where the speed of our response is crucial to saving lives.

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