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.