Bike clubs to take part in charity ride

By Jamil Khan

A large number of national and international bike clubs will take part in the charity ride, “Wheels for Autism” to support Duabi Autism Centre.

The event is scheduled to be held on the second day of the Gulf Bike Expo 2009. The exhibition will kick off on March 19 and will continue till March 21 at the Dubai Festival City. bike-ride2

There will be stimulating bike shows, including bike exhibition, stunt performances, as well as music and entertainment programmes during the expo.

The exhibition will include motorcycles, quad bikes, scooters, parts and accessories, tuning and customising, helmets and clothing, books and magazines, lifestyle products, tyres, garage equipment and tools, oil and lubricants, insurance, bank and finance facilities.

The Wheels for Autism is being organised and managed by the Black Eagles MC with the support of the entire biking community, including the Desert Warriors and Harley Owners Group, Dubai Chapter. The ride in which more than 600 bikes belong to different local bike clubs and from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman will start at 8am and finish 1pm at the Dubai Festival City.

Sarah al Marzooqi, coordinator of Dubai Autism Centre said that the cases of autism have been increasing in the UAE and it was the need of the hour to create awareness.

“Last year we had been reported only 30 such cases and this year the number has reached 90, as around 180 children are on the waiting list to be treated soon,” she revealed. “The ride will be first of its kind and it is hope that it will spread awareness not only in the UAE, but also in the entire region as Dubai is a centre of different nations.”

She said that they were constantly challenged with the operational costs and it is through these generous community initiatives that they were able to manage the centre. “We are pleased that the Gulf Bike Expo has chosen Dubai Autism. We believe that through events like these we are able in reaching out and extending our message across the society,” she said.

Kevin Smith, Director and Road Captain, the Harley Owners Group, Dubai Chapter, said that they are delighted to support the Dubai Autism Centre through a ride and hope that through the participation of various charity events they will be successful in raising awareness among the people.

Ossama Ibrahim, the organiser of Gulf Bike 2009, said people from every walk of life could join the ride, whether they have bikes or not, and take part in the awareness campaign. “Almost all bike clubs of the UAE have agreed to take part in the ride and it will be one of the biggest bike rally in the region,” he said.

-Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Mar 04, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on March 4, 2009.

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