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Registrations are now open for the Ring the Bell fitness challenge that will take place in Abu Dhabi on May 27. Photo for illustrative purpose only.

Abu Dhabi: Registrations are now open for the Ring the Bell fitness challenge, in support of the Reach campaign, with UAE residents invited to test their strength against a series of obstacles and show their support for the fight to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Held in partnership with Desert Shield Fitness, the challenge will take place on Saturday, May 27, from 2 pm to 8 pm at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, with participants taking on a series of fun physical and mental exercises.

Entry fee

Entry for the challenge costs Dh540 per team, and participants must enrol as single-sex teams of three. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Reach campaign, a UAE-based initiative raising funds and awareness to help eliminate two devastating NTDs: river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.

In a new addition to the Ring the Bell format, participants will also be encouraged to take part in a pre-event challenge that will see teams compete to raise the most funds for the Reach campaign, using the YallaGive donation platform.

Communicable diseases

NTDs are a group of communicable diseases that are preventable and treatable, yet continue to affect one in five people worldwide, including 1 billion children. NTDs cause immeasurable suffering - they blind, debilitate, disfigure and can be fatal. By most commonly affecting vulnerable and marginalised populations, NTDs create cycles of poverty and cost developing nations billions of dollars each year.

More than 200 million people worldwide require treatment for river blindness while an estimated 850 million people are at risk of lymphatic filariasis.