Stories of Hope

Dubai runners donate miles for smiles

Since inception, Al Jalila Foundation has encouraged thousands of motivated individuals and teams to raise funds by taking part in sports challenges. These endurance runs, triathlons, marathons and more have been instrumental to raising awareness and providing hope to patients suffering from chronic illnesses.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, sporting events around the country were cancelled which meant that local athletes had to look for new creative ways to carry on supporting their favourite charitable causes.

Run 4 A Purpose (R4AP) is a Dubai based running club founded by Essam Adam as a way to give back to the local community. Determined to continue to use their passion for running to help save lives, R4AP celebrated their fourth anniversary by donating AED 1 per kilometre run throughout the month of June to Al Jalila Foundation to support children’s treatment. More than 50 members from the running club participated in the RUNniversary charity challenge and raised more than AED 13,000.

R4AP aims to inspire others to make a difference to young patients’ lives in the UAE. You can join them for a run or donate on the R4AP Hopasports page here.

Dubai runners donate miles for smiles