- The ‘At Your Own Pace’ event was held on Saturday 10 April at Al Hudayriat Island is the latest Ma’an initiative to bring Abu Dhabi’s communities together for a good cause.
- The ‘Organs Transplant Support’ campaign was launched in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – SEHA
Abu Dhabi: As part of its efforts to enhance social inclusion in Abu Dhabi, the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an partnered with Abu Dhabi Sports Council to stage a fun running event that is supporting the National Programme for Organ and Tissue Donations.
Families and friends throughout Abu Dhabi took part in the ‘At Your Own Pace’ event which was an opportunity for residents and citizens of different ages to come together and participate in an enjoyable and safe race that had no time limits. Every dirham from the registration fees has contributed to the Organ Transplant Support Programme.
The ‘At Your Own Pace’ event falls under Ma’an’s Social Investment Fund pillar with the programme designed to increase social cohesion and encourage participation for a good cause while also allowing participants to take part in a physical activity and live a healthy lifestyle.
Her Excellency Salama Al Ameemi, Director General of Ma’an, said: “We are thrilled to expand our portfolio of programmes at Ma’an with the ‘At Your Own Pace’ in what is another key initiative that not only makes our communities more connected but also places them at the forefront of making a positive difference in society.
“By working hand-in-hand with our government partners – Abu Dhabi Sports Council, who share the same vision of engaging with the community and creating a better tomorrow, ‘At Your Own Pace’ served as another opportunity for everyone to show how united communities can be and demonstrate their willingness to support each other”.
Suhail Abdullah Al Arifi, Acting Executive Director of the Events Sector of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said the main objective of the race was to support the organ donation campaign.
“It’s an initiatives of the Community Contributions Authority and the high turnout for the race is clear evidence of the awareness created among the community groups on the importance of participating in charitable events,” he added.
Al Arifi emphasised the sports council was keen to organise the race in cooperation with the Community Contributions Authority at Al Hudayriat Island, the newest sports, leisure and entertainment district in Abu Dhabi.
“The sports council is very pleased to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all partners, sponsors and volunteers for their overwhelming cooperation in making the event a success,” he said.The 10km distance started at 06:30am followed by the 5km (6:45am) and the 3km (07:10am). All participants received a bespoke running shirt, finishers medal, certificate and downloadable photos from the event.
Ma’an was established in February 2019 under the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi with the aim of bringing together the government, the private sector and civil society to support a culture of social contribution and participation. The authority will deliver solutions for social challenges with five main pillars of work – a Social Investment Fund, a Social Incubator Program, Community Engagement Programs and the introduction of a new type of public contracting, Social Impact Bonds, as well as Outreach Management.
Ma’an will support the third sector to flourish in Abu Dhabi, enabling responsible not for profit associations or foundations and social enterprises to contribute to the development of strong, active and connected communities.
Ma’an Authority for Social Contribution is a ‘Ghadan 21’ accelerator programme initiative, supporting Abu Dhabi to become one of the best places in the world to do business, invest, live, work and visit.