12-nation group raises more than AED 285,000 for essential aqua therapy pool
DUBAI 3 June 2012 : 23 UAE residents, including 7 arab nationals from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria and an Emirati mother and daughter team, have returned from their week long hike of the wilder and remote sections of the Great Wall of China with tales of exhausting climbs, amazing people, culture and history, incredible views and, most of all, help for a heart-warming charity.
The group, drawn together by their desire to help Gulf for Good charities, was from 12 nationalities and collected sponsorship funds of over AED 285,000 (USD 75,000) to be donated to Bethel Foundation, a Beijing-based charity devoted to the education and well-being of visually-impaired orphans. The Gulf for Good project is to build an aqua therapy pool in Bethel, providing essential therapy for 60 visually-impaired orphans, plus swimming lessons for another 200 children from nearby orphanages.
Roula Ibrahim Zainieh, a Syrian living in the UAE, said of the challenge, “Visiting the orphans at the end of the challenge made every gasp for breath and every sore muscle so much worth it! What we went through, experienced and wonderfully lived came to life and reality when I held those children in my arms! It was overwhelming – an experience like no other!”
Gulf for Good organizes adventure challenges to help participants raise sponsorship to support children’s charities around the world. It blends fitness and personal challenges with charity, aiming to “give kids a chance“.
What’s next? How can you get involved?
If you want to have a similar experience, taking on a exciting physical challenge with a group of like-minded people from around the Gulf and all in a good cause, there are more adventure challenges this year, including hiking in the Transylvanian mountains of Romania (August 2012) and cycling/hiking in Burma (November 2012).
Gulf for Good is hosting a free Information Evening in Dubai on 10 June which is open to anyone interested in challenging themselves for a great cause. Details of the “Road to Mandalay” challenge in Burma will be revealed for the first time – this hiking/cycling challenge is an incredible opportunity to see this country at a fascinating time in its history with the aim of giving some of its most deserving kids a chance at an amazing charity. For more information, please call 04-2525-944 or visit www.gulf4good.org