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FSRI announces date for the fourth RunQ8 race in support of children with disabilities in Kuwait
August 7, 2014, 3:16 pm
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Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI) announced today that its annual RunQ8 race will be held this year on November 29, with all proceeds going towards supporting underprivileged children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities through the non-profit Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) founded and managed by FSRI.

CERC is the first facility of its kind to be launched in Kuwait that provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary rehabilitation evaluations and care for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities with the aim of improving their overall quality of life.

RunQ8 is an annual 10-kilometer run organized by FSRI, with a clear mandate to raise public awareness on health issues affecting communities in Kuwait, supporting healthcare initiatives, as well as encouraging healthy living amongst the community-at-large.

Medical Director of FSRI, Dr. Elham Hamdan, said, “RunQ8 will support the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center for the second year in-a-row, helping provide affordable treatment to children with disabilities, and to fund treatment for those who do not have access to it.”

The establishment of CERC aims to build an interdisciplinary care center where practitioners set a treatment plan that combines the programs needed by each child, and collaborate on the progress of the child, in a unique setting that builds more capacity and broadens access to treatment in Kuwait for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. This setting helps empower children to engage with their family at home and friends in school, which in turn helps them build foundations for a bright future and a higher quality of life.

Dr. Hamdan added, “Ongoing treatment for children takes a toll on the family financially, and we see cases in Kuwait whereby families delay seeking treatment for their child due to financial constraints. CERC aims to ensure that children do get the treatment they require to live a better life.”

Pledging support in this year’s race are founding partner Agility, and bronze sponsors: ASAR Legal, Porsche, Tareq Co. and iSqueeze. FSRI also urges companies to become partners in the run to support the cause and help raise proceeds.

“No partner is too big or too small for us. We are firm believers that anyone can contribute in any way they would like to. This includes being formal partners through the Platinum, Gold and Bronze packages or even through encouraging employees to participate by organizing for it as a company team effort,” concluded Dr. Hamdan.

CERC is a non-profit organization and provides affordable treatments that cater to all segments of society, and even helps families who cannot afford care. CERC fee structure is affordable to the average family in Kuwait, and funds some of the treatments for children through the support of various community entities and donors, as well as through the annual RunQ8 charity marathon. CERC also treats referrals from Bayt Abdullah Hospice for terminally ill children without fees.

Participants can register at runq8.org. Companies wishing to partner with RunQ8 can contact Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute directly at 2572 0338 / 2572 1757.

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