Dubai: 8,000 residents walk 3km to promote child education

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Jumeirah Beach Road was awash with a sea of colours on Friday morning as 8,000 people, including children, participated in Dubai Cares’ Walk for Education.

The annual event attracted people from all sections of the society including corporates, schools, government authorities as well as the common folk.

The 3km walk is part of Dubai Cares’ year round awareness and fund raising activities for its education projects in developing countries around the world.

“We chose the 3km walk because it is the average distance every primary school student walks to reach school every day in the developing country. Our idea is to create awareness as well as raise funds for these children to access better education,” said Amal Al Redha, Fundraising Manager at Dubai Cares.

Dubai Cares is the UAE-based philanthropic organisation working to tackle poverty through education in developing countries.

“Walk for Education is an annual event which symbolises the solidarity of the UAE community with children in developing countries who walk every day to attend school. This is our way to engage the local community and we are overwhelmed by the support we have received all sectors of the UAE community, including the public and private sectors, academic community and media,” added Al Redha. More info