RunKuwait 2019 to offer more than 500 free treatment sessions for children with special needs at CERC

KUWAIT: Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network (FSHN) concluded yet another successful RunKuwait race in support of children with special needs for the ninth year on Saturday, 23rd November. More than 2,600 participants registered to the race to support one cause, raising awareness and funds towards the treatment of children with special needs.

The RunKuwait initiative in its ninth year raised more than KD 40,000 which is estimated to provide more than 500 treatment sessions at no cost for the children treated at the non-profit Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). These free of charge sessions are in addition to the subsidized ones, which are offered on a case-by-case basis, where up to 90% of the costs are also covered by the center.

For the ninth consecutive year, we organize this charity race in order to support the treatment of children with special needs at FSHN’s Children’s Evaluations and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). We would like to extend our greatest gratitude to our participants and sponsors for joining us this year and supporting our cause as well as believing in it. Your constant support allows us to continuously offer the utmost levels of medical care to our children with special needs at CERC and help them connect with the community on a deeper level.

We look forward to seeing you all next year. In its early years, the RunKuwait initiative was successful in gaining community’s empathy and support, which led the FSHN team to direct all the initiative’s efforts and funds towards the children with special needs treated at CERC. The unit offers services for children in a number of areas which include physical therapy, speech pathology, counselling/behavior therapy and occupational therapy.

The race participants and their families, friends and supporters were welcomed with a number of fun-filled activities at the race village including warm-up exercises. All attendees were served refreshments and snacks throughout the day, offered by the event’s sponsors and participating companies.

RunKuwait’s race this year was supported with generous contributions from the following sponsors: Agility as the Founding Partner, INTERSPORT and ASAR Legal as the Gold sponsors and EQUATE as the Silver sponsor. The media sponsors for the RunKuwait initiative this year were Marina FM, AlAnba newspaper, Kuwait Times newspaper, Bazaar magazine, Al Rai newspaper&TV, The Talk magazine Arab Times Newspaper, Al Seyassah News, M2R, and 248am blog. The initiative was also supported by Mullenlowe Blu.

First, second and third place winners were awarded across different categories for the 5KM & 10KM race including, male and female. The serious athletes were able to complete the 10KM race distance within 32 minutes. The winners announced for the male category were Philip Ekwom (first place), followed by Husam Aleissa (second place) and Mohammad Montaser (third place). The winners announced for the female category were Dorra Alsebouei (first place), followed by Taiba Alnouri (second place) and Virginia Esteban Serrano (third place.

The sports enthusiasts who opted for a shorter race distance, 5KM, were also awarded within the same categories. The first place winners in the male category included, Ahmed Bakthe winners in the femary (first place), Omar Qanbar (second place) and Ahmed AlMana (third place). The winners in the female category included Asmaa Metawea (first place), Noura Adel (second place) and Shoug Al Sabah (third place). Everyone who joined the race, whether to compete or simply support the cause, received their participation medal as they crossed the finish line and returned to the race village to join in the relaxing sports activities.

For additional information about RunKuwait and how to continue contributing to the initiative, please follow the official social media account, @RunKuwait on Instagram and Facebook.