Walkathon For Rashid Centre

Emirati walks 100 km for charity
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By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Feb 04, 2014

DUBAI: Nasser Ibrahim, an Emirati banker, has completed a 100- km walk from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to raise awareness and funds for the children with special needs at the Rashid Centre for the disabled.
This initiative was supported by Mashreq bank which allocated Dhs50,000 and donated it to the centre on the completion of Ibrahim’s 7th walkathon in a ceremony held at the bank’s branch in Dubai Internet City on Monday. The ceremony was also attended by Abdulaziz Al Ghurair, CEO Mashreq and a number of senior officials, Maryam Othman, director-general of the Rashid Centre along with a group of children with special needs.
The children had performed a number of entertaining activities and were appreciated by the officials, who promised to support them.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Nasser Ibrahim said that he started the walk at noon  on Sunday from Abu Dhabi and completed his 7th walkathon to reach Dubai Internet City after 48 hours. “It was a great experience and every time it is more and more satisfaction as the aim was to raise funds and awareness for the special needs children as they are not disabled but differently-abled and we should educate people on their rights,” he said.
Ibrahim, who started his walkathon initiative seven years ago, was able to raise awareness and funds for one particular special needs institute. This was the second time he did a walk for Rashid Centre for the Disabled, while he also supported Al Noor Centre for Special Needs, SNF Development Centre and others.
He said that the walk is all about raising awareness regarding children with special needs and what they can do rather than what they can’t do. This can help them to be integrated into the society without feeling any less privileged than other children.  “I’ve been doing these kinds of walkathons for many years now and each one always means something different to me. I am highly thankful to Mashreq for supporting me on this endeavour, and I can’t wait to meet the children at Rashid Paediatric Centre on the last leg of the walkathon.”
Maryam Othman said, “It’s great to see our young Emiratis employ their talents, abilities and potential in order to serve noble and sublime issues, as well as interact with the concerns and issues of people with special needs. Thus, the young people become role models for others so that our children and our students with disabilities feel that their community did not surpass or marginalise them. Nasser has contributed, through his marathon and the distance he covered in previous times and this time, in deepening and enhancing community awareness of disability issues. I cannot fail to thank the organisations that supported and sponsored Nasser, especially Mashreq, which underlines the importance of the solidarity between the public and the private sectors,” she added.
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~ by jamilkhan on February 4, 2014.

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