Huge annual Abu Dhabi charity fun run set to return

The Terry Fox Run will take place in April 2019

Huge annual Abu Dhabi charity fun run set to return

One of Abu Dhabi’s most popular outdoor community events is to return to the capital next year.

The annual Terry Fox Run, which sees participants walk, run or cycle down the Corniche, will celebrate its 22nd edition in April.

The mega charity event is held in cities across the world to honour a Canadian cancer sufferer who embarked on a mammoth trek while battling the disease.

And his legacy will be felt in the UAE capital as people from across the city gather to raise money and have fun in his name.

Terry’s brother Fred Fox, manager of supporter relations at the Terry Fox Foundation, said: “I had the opportunity to participate four years ago in Abu Dhabi and as always, it was great to see a community band together for such a worthwhile cause.

“I have no doubt that the 2019 edition in Abu Dhabi will bring the same energy, enthusiasm and community spirit that is inspired by Terry and want to continue his legacy.

“It’s a day where you can honour someone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer and gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else.”

The big day has been scheduled for April 19, with the festivities taking place at A’l Bahar.

Anyone can get involved, regardless if they are taking part in the run, which requires a small fee to register for.

Supporters can contribute to fundraising efforts through t-shirt purchases and monetary donations, with around Dhs25million having been raised across previous years combined.

First held in Canada in 1981, the Terry Fox Run now involves some 60 countries across the world each year.

It’s named after cancer research activist Terry Fox, who set off on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise funds despite having lost a leg to the disease.

He died aged 22 in 1981, but has since become a national hero in his home country and a symbol of determination and hope.

For more information and to register for Abu Dhabi’s Terry Fox Run 2019, visit the official website at www.terryfox.org/international-runs/abudhabi.

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