Al Jalila Foundation partners with a group of UAE based runners for the 7 Emirates Run
November 4, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Wendelin Lauxen and his six fellow runners will start the run on 21 November, 2013. Photo provided.

Written by Dubai-based Australian journalist, Hermoine Macura - Special to Times of Oman

The Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organization dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, has partnered with a group of professional runners, 7 Emirates Run, dedicated to helping children get back on their feet. 

This charitable initiative from 7 Emirates Run group is sponsored by Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), an internationally recognized center of healthcare excellence and a leader in medical education. The 7 Emirates Run team is made up of seven experienced ultra-marathon runners based in the United Arab Emirates and is led by German Guinness World Record holder Wendelin Lauxen – winner of the fastest time to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents. 

The team will cover 575 km across all seven Emirates in 12 days, culminating on 2 December 2013, the 42nd National Day of the UAE. The money raised will be used to pay for life-changing surgery and post-operative medical support for an 18 month old boy from Sharjah, Mohammed Ayoub, who suffers from deformities to both legs.

Marwan Abedin, CEO of Dubai Healthcare City, commented: "DHCC is committed to Dubai's vision to deliver quality health and wellbeing to our society. In our commitment to excellence in healthcare, we at DHCC continue to support our business partners in their endeavors."

Wendelin Lauxen and his six fellow runners start running on 21 November 2013. Wendelin said: "I set up 7 Emirates Run to embrace a mission of running for help, health and fun. I strongly believe that this ethos will help create a healthier UAE community - getting people on their feet helps prevent obesity and its consequential diseases such as vascular diseases and diabetes, illnesses blighting our country."

He adds, "We are helping children get back on their feet by supporting the Al Jalila Foundation and to pay for life-changing surgery and post-operative medical support for a little boy who will soon be able to crawl and then walk."

Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, added: "We are delighted that 7 Emirates Run have chosen Al Jalila Foundation as its beneficiary. We see Mohammed's operation as marking a key milestone in Dubai's efforts to be at the forefront of medical innovation."

Dubai based Lawyer; Doris Matlok who recently completed a 250 km race across the Sahara desert will also be featured in the run. She says, "I have spent several years working in the UAE and I felt that this was a chance for me to use my gift to help a child in need while also raising awareness for a charity that supports such a noble cause."

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