7 Emirates Cycling Challenge
The event is being organised to raise awareness and garner support for Rashid Center for People of Determination. Image Credit: Supplied

Rashid Center for People of Determination in association with The First Group has announced the '7 Emirates Cycle Challenge'. The goal of the event is to provide sustained educational support programs for people of determination.

The event, which kicks off on December 9 and will run until December 12, is an invite-only challenge. It will see athletes, entrepreneurs and C-Suite executives cycle across the seven Emirates – the aim is to raise awareness and support the Rashid Center for People of Determination.

The ride will also see participation from renowned professionals of the sport, including Sánchez “Samu” Samuel, former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He will be joined by Vitor Carvalho, a retired pro-cyclist and former member of the UAE National Olympic Cycling Committee.

The first of its kind event aims to provide support for Rashid Center through scholarships for students of the center’s secondary school. The center provides youths with vocational training.

Commenting on the event Mariam Othman, CEO, Rashid Center for People of Determination said: “The UAE is a country that provides tolerance and inclusivity, and our partnership with The First Group reflects this message. We are pleased to witness this initiative take place, which seeks to raise awareness and play a positive role in providing people of determination life-changing opportunities that will also help them overcome the challenges they face.”

As many as 24 participants are expected to take part in this inaugural challenge. Image Credit: Supplied

“We are honoured to partner with the Rashid Center for People of Determination to continue our commitment to enrich young lives. The 7 Emirates Cycle Challenge is very close to our hearts and is focused on spotlighting the wonderful work that Rashid Centre does for people of determination. Being our first year, it is incredible to have the event coincide with the UAE’s 50th Jubilee celebrations and is a testament to our mission of creating a lasting and positive impact in the UAE community in line with the leadership’s five-year strategy for People of Determination,” added Rob Burns, CEO & Partner, The First Group.

Rashid Center is widely known for its efforts to bolster special needs education.