Charity match for kids diabetes campaign
Manama, February 4, 2013
The Rotary Club of Manama will be organising a Six-A-Side charity football tournament next month at the Bahrain Rugby and Football Club in Saar to raise funds for its 'Reduce Diabetes Amongst Children' program.
The tournament, which features 20 men's team and 10 women's team, is open to companies, clubs, associations, businesses, universities and schools across the Kingdom. The matches will kick off on March 1 at 9am with the final stage at 2pm.
This year there will be two seperate leagues for men and women, said officials of The Rotary Club of Manama, a part of a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.
"The six-a-side football tournament has been the signature fund-raising event of the Rotary Club of Manama for more than 20 years," said Robert Timmers, the club president addressing the media at the Gulf Hotel.
"The tournament is aimed at not only creating awareness but also to steer a precise program aimed at diagnosing children and providing life-style improvement guidelines, training and therapeutic programs," he stated.
"The awareness program has been divided into three distinct phases - screening, diagnosis and education and therapeutic interventions," said Timmers. All these are aimed at curbing the disease amongst youngsters in Bahrain, he added.
More than 4,000 students in as many as 12 schools were screened with the help of the new mobile diabetes unit, being managed by Bahrain Diabetes Society in conjunction with Al Kindi Hospital.
The mobile unit could become a reality only because of the funds raised through last year's event, he said.
Organisers said this year they are leaving no stone unturned to make the event a grand success.
"We have already received good response from the corporate sponsors and more are coming in for the nobel cause. We expect to raise about BD25,000 ($64,681) this year," said club organising committee chairman Bijan Majidi.-TradeArabia News Service