FOAP to launch 8th Charity Marathon on February 22

  • Monday 17, February 2020 04:42 PM
Sharjah 24: The Friends of Arthritis Patients Society (FOAP) of the Health Education Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) said that all arrangements and preparations for its 8th annual charity marathon have been completed.
The event will be held on February 22 along Al Mamzar beach, under the theme “Time to Work”.

The 8th annual charity marathon is sponsored by Sharjah Sports Council, while the strategic partner is Fast Building Contracting LLC and the supporting institutions are the Sharjah Cooperative Society and Emirates Red Crescent – Sharjah Branch.

FOAP emphasised that the organisation of the marathon comes as part of its vision aimed at promoting awareness about community and humanitarian activities to raise community awareness of arthritis and encouraging sports, as well as highlighting the FOAP’s community initiatives.

This was revealed on Monday during a press conference held at the SCFA headquarters, in the presence of Her Excellency Waheeda Abdul Aziz, Head of FOAP, Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Chairman of Labour Standards Development Authority (LSDA), Fathi J. Afana, CEO of Fast Building Contracting Company, Saeed Al Ajel, Director of the Government Communication Department at Sharjah Sports Council, and Fatima Al Mazrouei, Executive Coordinator, Sharjah Cooperative Society, as well as media representatives and volunteers.

Uniting Community Efforts

Her Excellency  Waheeda Abdul Aziz said: “Organizing the annual charity marathon for the 8th consecutive year is in line with the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, in terms of providing the support to create a healthy and ideal environment for arthritis patients, and support them to enjoy a happy lifestyle. Through this event, we will continue to raise funds to help FOAP secure the treatment of arthritis patients, motivate community members to exercise sports and encourage them to early detection to improve treatment opportunities as well as to provide advice and guidance for the prevention of joint diseases to achieve a healthy lifestyle.”

7000 Participants

Abdul Aziz pointed out that organising such events primarily aims to unite society's efforts to fight this disease, noting that more than 7000 participants took part in last year’s marathon, reflecting our message to patients that you are not alone and we support you.

“There are more than 100 different types of arthritis with diverse treatments. Hence the need to make people aware about the best treatment of this disease and the support network available for them. FOAP was keen this year to diversify the activities of the marathon by focusing on providing moral support and providing instructions and advice to the participants to encourage them to engage in physical activity, through handing out awareness-raising leaflets, providing free medical examinations and organizing many sports and recreational activities,” added Abdul Aziz
350 Million Arthritis Patients Worldwide

The Head of FOAP stated that about 350 million people suffer from arthritis around the world, which makes it difficult to carry out routine tasks, and affects their jobs and financial resources or their social relationships with family and friends.

She called on all members of society, old and young, to participate in the marathon to help fight this disease and reduce its prevalence as much as possible, appreciating the role of media outlets and all supporters and strategic partners for their fruitful cooperation in the success of FOAP’s initiatives and events.

Reducing Distances between Patients and their Doctors

The 8th marathon is seeing the introduction of a new category "doctor and specialist", with the aim of reducing distances between patients and their doctors, and benefiting more from their opinions and consultations.

The 8th marathon will kick off at 3 pm. The participants will run for 6 km divided into four categories according to the participants ’ages and their motor abilities.
The one-km walking category is dedicated to all ages and groups.

There’s another one-km run category and dedicated to children aged 7 – 13 years.

The 3.5-km running category is dedicated to those from 14 to 18 years old.

The fourth category will span over 6 kilometers and is targeting the participants from 19 to 99 years old.

For those wishing to participate in the marathon, you can visit FOAP branches at the Sharjah Cooperative Society in the Al Qarayen and Helwan areas, the Arab Cultural Club in the Buheira area, and Mega Mall Sharjah, or via the website , or call 80080000.