RunQ8 back for 6th Year

Reg­is­tra­tion open for one of Kuwait’s big­gest char­ity events

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

RunQ8, one of Kuwait’s most prom­i­nent char­ity sport­ing events, is set to re­turn on Novem­ber 12th to con­tinue with its ef­forts to sup­port chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. Or­ga­nized by Fawzia Sul­tan Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion In­sti­tute (FSRI), with the sup­port of Found­ing Part­ner, Agility, the non-profit ini­tia­tive is back for its sixth year, and will be tak­ing place at The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter Kuwait (TSCK).

The an­nual event aims to raise aware­ness and funds to sup­port FSRI’s Chil­dren’s Eval­u­a­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter (CERC), a non-profit pe­di­atrics fa­cil­ity pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ized in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary treat­ment and care for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. The Cen­ter pro­vides a full spec­trum of care and as­sess­ment across a num­ber of ar­eas - in­clud­ing re­hab for phys­i­cal in­juries, de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders, speech, lan­guage and swal­low­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, be­hav­ioral dif­fi­cul­ties, learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and much more.

At a press con­fer­ence held yes­ter­day at The Prom­e­nade Cul­ture Cen­ter an­nounc­ing the event, Dr El­ham Al-Ham­dan, Pres­i­dent and Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of FSRI, said: “Ev­ery year we are ab­so­lutely de­lighted by the amount of sup­port we get from ev­ery­one in this com­mu­nity. RunQ8 is one of our big­gest and proud­est achieve­ments at FSRI, as this ini­tia­tive has been suc­cess­ful on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els. Not only are we able to raise aware­ness about chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, but ev­ery year we are able to garner much needed fi­nan­cial and moral sup­port to help us con­tinue to care for these chil­dren.”

Also speak­ing at the con­fer­ence, Alyah Al-Jasser, the Mar­ket­ing Man­ager of the Al Oth­man Port­fo­lio, which owns the char­ity fund of The Prom­e­nade, who this year join the race as the Plat­inum Spon­sor, said: “we are de­lighted to join hands with FSRI and spon­sor RunQ8 and hon­ored to sup­port this great ini­tia­tive. Our ob­jec­tive of this par­tic­i­pa­tion is to max­i­mize the op­por­tu­nity of this run to give the peo­ple in Kuwait a wide per­spec­tive on chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and pro­mote a mes­sage of hope”.

Im­por­tant cause

Mean­while, Nawaf Al-Ru­daini, Mar­ket­ing and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager of The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter Kuwait, who are host­ing RunQ8 this year, said: “We at The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter, an achieve­ment of the Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sci­ences, are thrilled to be host­ing this year’s RunQ8 and do­ing our part to sup­port this im­por­tant cause, es­pe­cially as we are proud to have been the first to host the race when it started out a few years ago. Our sup­port for this event stems from our strong be­lief in the im­por­tance of its mis­sion and vi­sion, which fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing sup­port, care and op­por­tu­ni­ties for treat­ment to spe­cial needs chil­dren. These chil­dren and their fam­i­lies need all the sup­port we can of­fer them, whether in terms of rais­ing aware­ness, or by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to fam­i­lies in need.”

Pro­ceeds from RunQ8 go to­wards en­abling CERC to con­tinue pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ized qual­ity care for chil­dren who oth­er­wise may not get ac­cess to the care they need. The ma­jor­ity of raised funds are used to help fam­i­lies fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, help­ing them get much-needed treat­ment at a sub­si­dized lower cost, or even for free in some cases.

In its sixth edi­tion, RunQ8 is of­fer­ing two chipped dis­tances - 5km and 10km - and is open to peo­ple of all ages and fit­ness lev­els. Although RunQ8 is a great op­por­tu­nity for ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes and com­pet­i­tive run­ners to chal­lenge them­selves, run­ning is not a must. For those un­able to run a marathon, they can opt to walk, jog or just stroll - as long they par­tic­i­pate in some way to sup­port this great cause.

This year, the event en­joys the sup­port of a myr­iad of lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing RunQ8’s Found­ing Part­ner Agility, Plat­inum Spon­sor The Prom­e­nade mall, The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter, Al-Ruwayeh and Part­ners (ASAR), EQUATE, Fit­ness First, In­ter­sport, Jume­riah Mes­si­lah Beach Ho­tel and Spa, Porsche, Al-Essa Health Shop, Ikea and Tap. This year RunQ8 is also be­ing sup­ported by me­dia part­ners Al An­baa, Ah­lan and Kuwait Times, as well as so­cial me­dia part­ners Khalee­jesque and Ev­ery­thing-Kuwait. RunQ8 also wel­comes all or­ga­ni­za­tions want­ing to con­trib­ute and sup­port its ef­forts, with op­por­tu­ni­ties for spon­sor­ship still avail­able.

KUWAIT: (From left) Nawaf Al-Ru­daini, El­ham Al-Ham­dan and Alyah Al-Jasser at­tend the press con­fer­ence. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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