Over 750 Participants Join TECOM Group’s Walkathon to Support People of Determination

Friday 16 March 2018
Dubai - MENA Herald:

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘We Walk’, a walkathon organized by TECOM Group in association with Al Jalila Foundation, registered an overwhelming turnout of over 750 participants seeking to shore up support for people of determination.

Speaking on the occasion, Muna Al Muhairbi, Head of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at TECOM Group, said: “In line with the Year of Zayed objectives, today’s walkathon was inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote community participation and raise awareness about people of determination. Furthermore, the walkathon highlighted key initiatives implemented by the public and private sector in empowering such people and ensuring they join the mainstream as productive members of society.”

A spokesperson from Al Jalila Foundation said: “Al Jalila Foundation is proud to be a part of such an inspiring movement. Community events such as ‘We Walk’ go a long way towards boosting solidarity and a culture of inclusivity in society. We commend TECOM Group and every participant and volunteer who turned up this morning to support this impressive event.”

Among the senior executives of TECOM Group’s entities who participated in ‘We Walk’ was Ammar Al Malek, Executive Director of Dubai Internet City. He said: “I am proud to join today’s walkathon that was an opportunity for us to integrate with and better understand people of determination in a pleasant and festive atmosphere. I encourage all entities across sectors to undertake similar initiatives on a regular basis to accelerate this movement.”

Zainab Al-Eqabi, advocate for people of determination, said: “The success of this walkathon in attracting participants from various cultural backgrounds and nationalities in supporting people of determination in the UAE, is the outcome of the ongoing coordination between the UAE government and the country’s public and private sector entities in promoting integration to achieve happiness for all citizens and residents. It has been truly uplifting to be part of ‘We Walk’ this morning.”

15-years old participant Joel with Social Pragmatic Disorder and a student at Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities, expressed his happiness in joining the walkathon along with many community members to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining health for children of determination.

Nick Watson, Founder and Chairman of Reaching U Foundation, said: “Thank you to all participants and sponsors of today’s TECOM social event. I’m looking forward to taking part in many initiatives of this kind in the future to contribute significantly to raising levels of integration in our society.”

All proceeds from the walkathon, including registration fees and optional donations, are to be presented to Al Jalila Foundation to provide life-transforming support to children and adults with determination.

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