Bahrain charity race nets $159,574
Manama, December 1, 2012
Organisers of one of Bahrain's biggest charity events yesterday managed to achieve their target of raising BD60,000 ($159,574) to help people with special needs across the Kingdom.
Cherry Tree Trot (CTT) organisers are still counting donations collected from the event attended by 3,000 participants, volunteers and spectators - out of them 1,300 runners, our sister newspaper, the Gulf Daily News reported.
Among the participants were hundreds of children with special needs and people in wheelchairs from 35 charity centres.
The event, which was held at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), was organised by the American Women's Association (AWA).
"We had in mind 2,500 people and ended up with 3,000 and that shows how popular the event is and people's response to it," said CTT race director Adnan Al Qassab.
"When donations were collected earlier in the month people's response was overwhelming. A few days back we were BD15,000 short of what we had set as target and today we reached the BD60,000 we had anticipated," he said.
"Further calculations could show that we have surpassed that number, which is a benchmark that we have to set in future."
Al Qassab said that the charity run was organised for people's fun.
"It is a mixed race that brings the disabled from 35 charity organisations and able-bodied people together as they enjoy the day without any differentiation or separation," he said.
Several other entertainment activities and programmes were also brought in like refreshments, henna, music, face-painting and prizes. He said they were worried that it would rain, but thankfully it didn't.
"We have safety requirements at full swing for the event, but rain makes it difficult to enjoy the day - for everyone," he said.
"Thank-fully, the race went on swiftly and we would like to thank 150 volunteers from the US Navy base who helped in pushing the disabled on wheelchairs and others who came to lend us a hand in the event."
The event began with an 8km run for anyone aged 15 and over, followed by a 2km run for the physically and mentally challenged.
There was a 3km walkathon for people of all ages and abilities, followed by a 5km race for those aged 13 and above, a 2km run for children aged six to 12 and a 3km run for those aged 13 and above.
The CTT has been taking place since 1981, when it attracted only a handful of participants. – TradeArabia News Service