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Unity Run 2017 to raise awareness on differently-abled people
By Jamil Khan September 19, 2017
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DUBAI: The second edition of the Unity Run 2017, an event to raise awareness, raise funds and promote diversity and the social inclusion of people with disabilities (people of determination) in the UAE will be held on Nov.24 at the Dubai Silicon Oasis. The community run to celebrate diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities (people of determination) is being organised in partnership with the Community Development Authority (CDA) and Emirates NBD.

It is being launched under the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (People of Determination) and help transform Dubai into a disability-friendly city by 2020.

Led by Emirates NBD’s flagship advocacy platform #TogetherLimitless, the community event will be open to children and adults of all abilities and ages and will be hosted at Dubai Silicon Oasis, the event’s venue partner.

The participants will be completing an untimed 3-km walk followed by a 10-km run, wearing customised athletic gear styled to celebrate the UAE flag colours.

The run offers free entry to people with disabilities (people of determination) and their friends and family, and supports two major UAE educational institutions, Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Senses Residential and Day Care Centre, in addition to Emirates Red Crescent. 

The details were revealed at a press conference on Monday at Majlis Al Rashidiya, Dubai. Husam Al Sayed, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, Emirates NBD said, “Emirates NBD is proud to launch the second edition of its Unity Run, a milestone athletic and community programme that encourages everyone in the UAE to come together and spread positivity and happiness among people of all abilities. We are grateful to the Executive Council of Dubai and the Higher Committee for their consistent encouragement and support, and will continue to support initiatives that encourage diversity, are accessible for everyone, and aligned to the #MyCommunity vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.”

Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman of the Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities, said: “We are very excited about the second Emirates NBD Unity Run and deeply appreciative of its support of Al Noor and other charities. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success as well as being tremendous fun and at the same time, very moving. Sharing the morning, walking or running with so many people of different backgrounds and abilities epitomises the “unity” theme and we all wish this year’s event continued success.”

Ruth Dickinson, Managing Partner - FittHPC, the organisers of the Emirates NBD Unity Run, said, “The Emirates NBD Unity Run promotes inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities and Dubai’s initiative to be a disability friendly city by 2020. We are delighted to be supporting two exceptional centres of excellence, Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Senses Centre. This year it also supports the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities. Participants of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to take part in the celebrations. We are delighted to partner with Emirates NBD who are great advocates of inclusion, togetherness and empowerment for people with disabilities.”

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