Charity run across seven emirates raises Dh1 million

Money to be used to support children with disabilities.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 4 Dec 2014, 9:13 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:55 AM

Dubai: The 7EmiratesRun team successfully completed its 575km charity run across the emirates on Monday, raising more than Dh1 million for Al Jalila Foundation.

The UAE’s only cross-country charity run, which commenced from Abu Dhabi on November 21, raised 10 times more in donations than last year, far exceeding its original target.

The Dh1 million raised will go to Al Jalila Foundation’s A’awen fund, which helps patients in the UAE with critical health conditions who cannot afford medical treatment.

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “The level of support from communities and donors across the country was beyond expectation. The money raised for our A’awen fund will be fully dedicated to supporting children with walking disabilities, for a chance to live better and more productive lives.”

Race director Wendelin Lauxen, who is also the Managing Director of DHCC-based German Limbtech, said: “We ran further than the distance between Paris and London, we traversed desert, mountains, passed camels and dhows and we finished! Luckily for us, we have chosen to live in a very beautiful country with a diverse landscape and this epic run is a tribute to the land we each call home.

“This year we were joined by an all-ladies relay team and scores of students across the country. At every stage, people around the UAE cheered us on and we are grateful. Thank you and here’s to next year — bigger, better and healthier.”

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