Dubai: Dubai Cares has announced that the 9th edition of its annual Walk for Education will be taking place on February 16 at Dubai Creek Park.
The organisation, which is part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Initiatives, said the walk is considered its second initiative this year to mark and celebrate the ‘Year of Zayed 2018’.
The walk will take place at Gate 2 of the Dubai Creek Park, next to Al Garhoud Bridge. Dubai Cares is inviting everyone to participate alongside family, friends and colleagues and walk in solidarity with millions of children in developing countries who walk long distances every day to go to school.
The symbolic three-kilometre walk also aims to raise funds towards providing underprivileged children and young people around the world with access to quality education.
“The annual Walk for Education has become a staple event in the UAE’s calendar of events; however every year we are committed to introducing new activities and attractions to incentivise more people to join us on the day in support of our cause,” said Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive officer at Dubai Cares.
This year’s walk will be hosted by Emirati columnist and social commentator Khalid Al Ameri and Virgin Radio’s presenter Maz Hakim, joined by Dubai-based DJ Keza. It will be complemented by an impressive programme of sport and entertainment activities which include Zumba, hip-hop classes, football and tennis challenges, face painting, hair braiding, and arts and crafts stations. Attendees will also get to savour delicious food and drinks by visiting pop-up food and beverage stalls from Chaiwala, Costa, DoH Mini Doughnuts, Moylos, Saj&Co and Taqado.
The event’s main sponsors are IFFCO and Aetna, joined by Chevron as a sponsor. Al Tayer Group and The Kindergarten Starters are among the first organisations to sign up, confirming the participation of 2,100 staff and 1,414 students and staff, respectively.
Building on the success of last year’s Walk for Education, which attracted more than 14,500 participants and 250 volunteers, Dubai Cares is expecting an increase in participation levels this year. The entry fee for this year’s Walk for Education is Dh30 per person, with entry being free of charge for children under five. Participants can register online at dubaicares.ae or on the day, and are advised to arrive at 8am with the walk starting at 9am.