The MENA region’s first ever Relay for Life concluded with a burst of positive energy on Saturday afternoon at American University Sharjah, when participants who had been walking the university’s athletics track over the previous 24 hours undertook a final ‘Big Balloon Lap.’ The stamina of the ‘relayers’ had received a considerable boost following the event’s closing ceremony, which had highlighted the incredible efforts made by everyone involved.
More than 2,000 relayers had taken part in the 24-hour walkathon, with individuals and institutions involved including 52 schools, six universities, eight partners, 37 government and private institutions, and 67 cancer survivors. Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the event had been organised by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), the not-for-profit organisation that supports cancer patients and their families.
“I am glad that I had cancer – it was God’s way of letting me share a positive story with other people.” That was the inspirational message given by Aalya Losloso, a Philippines national and cancer survivor who was participating at the UAE Relay for Life, a 24-hour cancer awareness walkathon and the first such event to be held in the MENA region.
Addressing an audience at the ‘Survivors’ Tent,’ a main feature of Relay for Life, which was held at American University Sharjah, Aayla said that positivity was something that was vitally important for those facing cancer. She also expressed her view that the support from her employer was fundamental in her personal battle with the disease.
“My advice to those who have cancer is to try not to get stressed, as the more stressed you are the more the cancer cells will multiply. I am very fortunate to be working for DHL and everyone there has supported me, my colleagues and my management, and that helped me to overcome my cancer in a short period of time. I am now nine years cancer-free. Many people with cancer or who have loved ones with cancer now come to me for advice and I feel very blessed to be in a position to help them because of my personal experience,” said Aayla.
In keeping with its dedication to supporting, empowering and stimulating young entrepreneurs to establish their businesses, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) has announced that it will be organising the ‘Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival’ (SEF) on 21-22 November 2017 at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club.
Themed ‘Recharge Your Entrepreneurial Spirit’, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival is the largest entrepreneurship event in the UAE. The festival will bring together more than 1,500 attendees, including experts from around the world, entrepreneurs, government partners, potential investors and industry veterans from the global business community who will showcase their visions and exchange their experience through workshops and specialised panels. The event aims to enable young entrepreneurs to transform their business ideas into reality and launch their start-ups, helping to build a better and brighter future for the UAE and the business sector.
The festival will shed light on an array of topics, including innovation in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, creative economy, the future of technology and financial technology (FinTech).
Having fun and celebrating life was the order of the day at the UAE Relay for Life 24-hour walkathon, the first ever event to be held in the MENA region. Commencing 4pm on Friday and running overnight until the same time yesterday, the serious business of raising awareness and funds for the fight against cancer through a continuous walk around the athletics track at American University of Sharjah went hand-in-hand with an array of entertainment and activities taking place on its sidelines.
Organised by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), the non-profit organisation that supports cancer patients and their families, the inaugural event attracted the participation of more than 2,000 ‘relayers,’ with the individuals and institutions taking part including 52 schools, six universities, eight partners, 37 government and private institutions, and 67 cancer survivors.
With the object of the walkathon being one of fun and laughter in a carnival atmosphere, Relay for Life had arranged for numerous activities to take place around the track, enabling those taking a break from their walk – as well as the supporters not participating directly – to enjoy a wealth of entertainment.
The Sharjah 2017 Stamp Exhibition, organized by Emirates Philatelic Association in cooperation with Mega Mall Sharjah which opens on Tuesday morning, will take place at Mega Mall from November 14th to 18th. A wide range of collectors, hobbyists and vendors of stamps, coins and paper currencies are expected to participate in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be opened by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, Abdullah Khoury, President of the Emirates Philatelic Association, Saeed bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Vice Chairman of Mega Mall and a large number of coin and stamp collectors and specialists in this field.
The exhibition will feature stamp and coin dealers and exhibitors from 17 countries, which include 46 different themes distributed on 120 platforms. It will also feature an auction for several rare postage stamps, which are expected to attract serious hobbyists in the region, as well as many other events aimed at the general public.
Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) concluded on a record-breaking note on Saturday, with the 36th edition of the world’s third largest book fair attracting 2.38 million visitors over its 11-day run at Expo Centre Sharjah. The figure compares to the 2.31 million visitors that attended last year. SIBF 2017 featured more than 2,600 events and the participation of 400 authors, intellectuals and literary luminaries from 64 countries.
The footfall figures broke all previous fair records, with sales also up considerably from last year. The AED 206 million book sales figure represented an increase of 17% over 2016 and was achieved in part due to the high volume of sales of children’s and foreign books and the retail performances of new exhibitors. Both footfall and book sales figures for SIBF 2017 are the highest in the fair’s 35-year history.
Kalimat, an imprint of Kalimat Group dedicated to publishing Arabic books, takes young readers on a unique adventure through a series of new books that celebrated the brilliance of differently-abled children, who turned challenges into opportunities and did not let obstacles, big or small, dampen their zest for life.
In a collection of five stories, Kalimat weaves creative narratives representing a diversity of themes that help young readers to celebrate the challenges specially-abled children overcome in their daily lives, and recognise that their dreams and aspirations are much alike despite the differences in their physical and emotional constitutions.
Author Jasmine Brett Stringer says she is “a lot of things: lifestyle expert, social media maven, nationally sought-after blogger and, most of all, a person who lives life to the fullest by seizing each and every day.”
An audience at Sharjah International Book Fair heard from the writer about the journey she made to reach the dizzy heights which she treasures so dearly.
“I used to work in sales in corporate America and I wanted to be in win-win situations with customers. I wasn’t a sleazy sales person, I wanted both of us to gain something, they wanted to buy something and I wanted to sell it.” But having been laid off from her work, Jasmine had a revelation that put her on a new path.
Preeti Shenoy and Maha Khan Phillips, acclaimed authors from India and Pakistan respectively, shared the stage for a jam-packed student session at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The interactive question and answer session they hosted, and which was attended by hundreds of children from across schools in the UAE, gave an insight into the authors’ lives and shared tips to help those considering taking up writing.
Starting the conversation, Maha Khan Phillips, who is a financial journalist as well as a bestselling author, said; “I started writing when I was nine years old. I have always been very passionate about writing and enjoy being imaginative.”
Like a mother gathering her children to read bedtime stories, Lebanese writer Fatima Sharafeddine sparked the imaginations of captivated youngsters as she read aloud at the Kalimat Group’s pavilion during Sharjah International Book Fair.
With tales about parts of the body, Fatima read from her picture books, ‘My legs’, ‘My Eyes’ ‘My Ears’ and ‘My Hands’, designed for children up to three years of age. With bright and colourful illustrations, she explained how our body works in simple terms, stimulating them to ask and explore.