28 Apr 2013 07:30
Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates, organized a “Run for a Cause” fun run as part of a year-long celebration of the airline’s tenth anniversary.
All funds raised will
go to the Abu Dhabi Autism Centre. The Centre provides psychiatric and
educational services to children with autism and helps integrate them in the
of all ages gathered at the Abu Dhabi Corniche to run the five kilometres along
the Corniche course. Each of the five winners won
a pair of tickets to any Etihad Airways’ destinations.
Al Mehairbi, Etihad Airways’ Chairman of the Sports and Social Committee and Senior
Vice President of Government and Aero Political Affairs, said: “As the UAE flag
carrier we are at the heart of the community, we feel strongly about giving
back to those in need.
hope that by bringing people together like this, we will help raise awareness
and vital funds for a very deserving cause, and at the same time celebrate our tenth anniversary celebrations.”
Autism Centre’s Head of Special Needs Sector, Mariam Saif Al Qubaisi, said: “I
would like to extend our appreciation to Etihad Airways for its generous
initiative in organising this charity marathon.
Etihad Airways has always been generous in supporting special needs
institutes, such as the Abu Dhabi Autism Centre and we hope we continue working
closely in the future.”
fun run was held in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports
Council, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain Mineral Water, Prestige Travel and
Tourism, Beach Rotana Hotel, Aramex, Burjeel Hospital, Zayed Higher
Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, Sports 360 magazine and
other activities were organised including free health screenings by Burjeel
hospital, fitness exercises and face painting activities for children.
Additionally, a special Skip2Bfit challenge was held in which participants were
asked to skip for two minutes and prizes were awarded to top skippers.
The charity fun run is
one of the events organized by Etihad Airways to commemorate its tenth
anniversary which include the colossal prize of 10 million Etihad Guest Miles, free flights for children turning 10 in 2013 as well as other prizes and