RunQ8: Con­tin­u­ing to sup­port chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties

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RunQ8 is re­turn­ing for its sixth year - big­ger and bet­ter than ever -to con­tinue ful­fill­ing its mis­sion to sup­port chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. Or­ga­nized by the non-profit Fawzia Sul­tan Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion In­sti­tute (FSRI), RunQ8 has be­come one of Kuwait’s biggest and most highly an­tic­i­pated char­ity sport­ing events, at­tract­ing more than1800 par­tic­i­pants last year. Re­turn­ing to the venue of its first ever race, RunQ8 is tak­ing place this year on Novem­ber 12that The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter Kuwait.

The an­nual ini­tia­tive aims to raise aware­ness and funds to sup­port FSRI’s Chil­dren’s Eval­u­a­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter (CERC), a non-profit pe­di­atrics fa­cil­ity, pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ized and multi-dis­ci­plinary treat­ment and care for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties - in­clud­ing re­hab for phys­i­cal in­juries, de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders, speech, lan­guage and swal­low­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, be­hav­ioral dif­fi­cul­ties, learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and much more.

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

One thing that has al­ways made RunQ8 spe­cial: it is an event for every­body, re­gard­less of age or fit­ness level. Run­ning is one op­tion, but def­i­nitely not a must. For those un­able to run a marathon, they can walk, jog or just stroll. The im­por­tant thing is par­tic­i­pat­ing and sup­port­ing this great cause.

This year, RunQ8 is of­fer­ing two chipped race dis­tances a 5km or 10km. For all the se­ri­ous ath­letes and com­pet­i­tive run­ners, it is a great op­por­tu­nity to push their lim­its and chal­lenge them­selves. For ev­ery­one else, it is sim­ply a chance for some out­door fun with fam­ily and friends in the beau­ti­ful Novem­ber weather.

As a non-profit ini­tia­tive, RunQ8 could not have be­come such a big suc­cess with­out the over­whelm­ing com­mu­nity sup­port it has re­ceived over the years. In its sixth year, the event en­joys the sup­port of a num­ber of lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing RunQ8’s found­ing part­ner Agility, The Prom­e­nade Mall, The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter, Al-Ruwayeh & Part­ners (ASAR), EQUATE, Fit­ness First, In­ter­sport, Jume­riah Mes­si­lah Beach Ho­tel & Spa, Porsche, Al-Essa Health Shop, Ikea and Tap, in ad­di­tion to the sup­port of me­dia part­ners Al An­baa, Ah­lan and Kuwait Times, as well as so­cial me­dia part­ners Khalee­jesque and Ev­ery­thing Kuwait.

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