Back for its fifth year, RunQ8 is preparing for its biggest year yet, with an anticipated 2200 participants set to cross the starting line on 28 November; all in the name of a good cause. The annual 10 km charity race, organized by the non-profit Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI) with support from the Ministry of Interior, aims to raise awareness and funds for its Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC).
CERC is FSRI’s non-profit pediatrics facility, providing specialized and multi-disciplinary treatment and support for children with disabilities, who could not otherwise get access to the care they need. The Center provides comprehensive programs that include physical therapy, speech therapy, psychology and occupational therapy. All proceeds from the race will go towards enabling CERC to continue providing highly specialized quality care to the children in Kuwait.
Dr. Elham Al-Hamdan, President & Medical Director of FSRI, commented: “We are looking forward to this year’s race, and we know that this will be our best race yet. Last year we had such a great turnout, and the money that was raised went towards improving the lives of so many families, providing their children with the life changing treatment they so urgently needed. This would not have been possible without the overwhelming support we received from both our participants and our partners.”
The majority of the raised funds from RunQ8 are used to help children and families that have been unsuccessful in obtaining the treatment and support they need elsewhere, providing them access to much needed treatment at a subsidized lower cost, or even for free in some cases. Last year the race saw the participation of more than 1800 people from across the community in Kuwait.
“When we first founded this race we didn’t realize the extent to which this race and its cause would resonate with the community. We are grateful to all those who continue to support RunQ8, and make it bigger and better every year,” Dr. Elham added, “So whether you want to run, walk, jog or stroll, you can still take part in the race. You don’t even need to cross the finish line; just as long as you take part and contribute to this great cause. At the same time, it is an exciting event for those who wish to run a chipped competitive race!”
This year, the race is sponsored by a number of local organizations, including RunQ8’s Founding Partner Agility, Burgan Bank, Al-Ruwayeh & Partners (ASAR), Diyar United Company (DUC), Openware, Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Royal Pharmacies and the Athlete’s Foot. In addition to the support of media partners: Al Jarida, Kuwait Times, Good Health Arabia and 6abeeby. RunQ8 also welcomes all organizations wanting to contribute and support its efforts, with opportunities for sponsorship still available.
The race is open to people of all ages and fitness levels – although participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants can register for the race via the official website: runq8.org. You can also follow both @runq8official and @fsri on Instagram, and RunQ8 on Facebook for all updates and news about the race.