Last Updated: 2017-10-12
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CAIRO, Egypt, Oct 12 (NNN-MENA) - The Zayed Charity Marathon will be staged on Jan 6, 2018, in the Egyptian city of Luxor, for the fourth year running, announced Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Egypt, in a press conference in the capital, Cairo.

Being organised by the Armed Forces Officers Club, in coordination with the UAE's Embassy in Cairo, the Zayed Marathon honours the country's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, an avid supporter of kidney charities, and is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces.

Proceeds of the race, held in memory of Sheikh Zayed, to raise money for the treatment of patients, will go to Shefaa Al Orman hospital in Luxor, for the treatment of Cancer,'' Al Junaibi said, noting, Egypt is third leg for the charity marathon, after New York and Abu Dhabi.

The ambassador expressed his confidence that the race would witness unprecedented turn out, as it will coincide with the launch of the Year of Zayed 2018.

''The charity run has gained international recognition and reputation, since it was first launched in New York, in 2015,'' he noted.

Nabila Makram, Egyptian Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs, thanked the UAE for allocating the proceeds of the 2018 run for the Shefaa Al Orman hospital.

Hussein Shoukry, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shefaa Al Orman Foundation, also spoke at the press conference, praising the UAE's support for Egypt.

''I am happy to have the marathon being held on the launch of the Year of Zayed in 2018,'' he said.

Husam Qabani, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shefaa Al Orman Foundation, said, the proceeds of the race will be used to fund the third phase of the hospital.-- NNN-MENA