Are you ready for another fun-filled charity sporting event? RunKuwait is back, with a slightly new look and the same great attitude, and we couldn’t be more excited to participate for a great cause. We had the chance to have a chat with Dr. Elham Hamdan, the medical director of Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network (FSHN), formerly known as Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute to find out more about this year’s event.
“We want to evolve and keep up with what is trending in Kuwait and RunKuwait is our small way in doing that. The essence of our race remains the same but we definitely have an intensified goal of raising awareness and funds for the treatment of children with disabilities who do not have access to appropriate healthcare. Therefore, the proceeds from the event registration are channeled through the Children Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center (CERC), which was established as part of FSHN due to the community’s need of facilities offering multidisciplinary care for children with disability,” Dr. Elham said.
With a successful event last year and over 2000 participants, FSHN was able to treat 20% of the children for free and provide subsidized treatment for 60% of the children treated at CERC. This year, RunKuwait aims at increasing those percentages to help with the treatment of a higher number of children in need and raise awareness about the different treatment children receive from CERC’s on-site team, which includes pediatric physiotherapists, speech and communication disorders therapists, occupational therapists, and clinical psychologists.
“Raising awareness and money towards the rehabilitative treatment of vulnerable children with disabilities is the heart of what we do, and that is precisely why we continuously seek new approaches in providing specialized care for the children. Every year, the RunKuwait initiative brings us one step closer to our goal and through the support of our participants and sponsors we are able to increase the numbers of the treated children at our facilities,” added Dr. Elham.
Now in its seventh year, RunKuwait is designed to be one of the most fun sports activities for the entire family, with a 5KM & 10KM run or walk. All participants who register before October 31st will also be entitled to the early bird discount, so get moving, Kuwait! We hope to see you running with us on November 11th!