The ‘Journey of Hope’ boat was welcomed home yesterday in a ceremony held at the Marina Crescent under auspices of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The party to celebrate the safe return of the Journey of Hope after visiting 19 countries over nearly seven months was attended by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, senior officials, families of journey members and several others. The party started with the Kuwaiti national anthem, followed by verses from the Holy Quran, then a documentary on the details of the journey entitled “Dream Come True”.
General Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the Journey of Hope Yousef Al-Jassim addressed the event, expressing gratitude to HH the Amir for his continuous support to the journey, which was essential to secure its success. Jassim also appreciated the backing of the prime minister whose “direct support was the major factor for achieving the set goals of the journey”.
Member of the boat’s board of trustees and head of the crew Jassem Al-Rashid Al-Bader briefed the gathering on the course of the Journey of Hope and the activities carried out in the target countries. The journey embodied the spirit of collective human action and constituted a national epic for Kuwait and the Kuwaiti people, Bader said.
At the end of the event, the premier was handed a commemorative plaque in appreciation of the enormous attention by Kuwait to persons with disabilities. Sheikh Jaber expressed in a press statement his pride of what the “sons of Kuwait” achieved in the journey “that carried to the world a noble humanitarian message and targets for caring for this dear category of people with their obvious social and sports activities”. He also lauded the persistent efforts by the members of the expedition and those in charge for their efforts to highlight the “civilized face of Kuwait”.