RunQ8: Continuing to support children with disabilities
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.