‘Mercithon’ aims for Dhs650,000 in cancer care

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

IN A  unique humanitarian fund-raising initiative, a walkathon will raise Dhs650,000 for six cancer patients of different nationalities in Dubai’s Creek Park on Feb.24.
The event labelled “Mercithon” (Walk of Mercy) is being organised by St Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai, as one of the activities of its golden jubilee celebrations, approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, and supported by the UAE Red Crescent and Dubai Municipality.
Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the charity event that will raise funds for a full year’s treatment of six cancer patients from economically weaker sections, belonging to the nationalities of Pakistan, Philippines, India, Syria, Morocco and Lebanon.
According to Rev. Fr. Lennie Connully, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Church, Mercithon is an extension of the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy (2016) programme and also blends wonderfully into the UAE’s Year of Giving declaration.
“Caring for others without discrimination on grounds of nationality and religion has been the core tenet of Christianity, and we are happy to demonstrate…
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on January 25, 2017.

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