7EmiratesRun, which takes place across the seven Emirates of the UAE, is a 12-day charity run that raises funds to help disadvantaged children; it is set to start on Friday, November 21 in Abu Dhabi, cross Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Sharjah to conclude on Tuesday, December 2 in Dubai, on the 43rd National day celebration.Both the run ends and the National Day festivities will be held at the iconic Burj Khalifa.
This will be the second edition of the 7EmiratesRun; participation helps to make a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged kids in the emirate.
Such an event raises funds to support the Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Dubai Healthcare City, established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in November 2012to improve the general health of the UAE population by supporting medical treatment, education and research.
Endorsed by Dubai Sports Council and sponsored by Buimerc Corporation, a multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Jebel Ali Free Zone, the 7EmiratesRun collects donations for the UAE-based charity Al Jalila Foundation, and supports efforts to transform lives, one donation at a time.
Last year, several UAE-based runners rounded up to traverse the seven emirates to raise funds for Sharjah toddler Mohammed Ayoub, who was suffering from limb deformities, so he could get back on his feet. A total of Dh100,000 was raised; as a result, the child is able to walk today with prosthetic support.
This year, the 7EmiratesRun organizers want to raise Dh777,000 to support more children in the UAE with similar disadvantages. Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, affirms the charitable purpose of the 7EmiratesRun does make a difference and such events help generate the support it needs to continue tohelp patients in the UAE who cannot afford medical treatment.
Dr Ahmed Sharif, director general of Dubai Sports Council says such an event inspires community-scale support for health and wellness, as well as shows the unity of the UAE and its residents; together, they can make the difference in people’s lives by all coming togetherfor a great cause and give back to the community. In addition, he adds it is a way of discovering the UAE on foot.
For this 12-day run, the journey covers an overall distance of 575 kilometers. Participants can take part in the run individually or as a team. There are four categories: Category one will be doing the entire 575km course, while in category two, participants can be part of a seven-member team relay. For category three, people can run on any individual days; whereas, category four participants will be part of 43 runners who will only be doing the last leg of the run from Sharjah to Dubai to commemorate 43 years of the federation.