The Rotary Club of Manama (RCM), a leading local service organization with international roots, is gearing up to launch a race-to-charity Duathlon event on December 28, 2019 at Dilmunia Island. Sponsored by Mall of Dilmunia, Marjan Space, Bader co., Yateem Air Conditioning and Karmah, the 2019 RCM Duathlon consists of a 2.5km running race followed by a 12km cycling challenge, 2.5km running competition, another 12 km cycling contest and finally a 2.5km running to the finish line. The proceeds of the event will fund purchasing of a new blood dialysis and blood exchange machine for the sickle cell disease patients as well as to cover the expenses of training medical staff on using this device.
Commenting on this occasion, Ms. Marjan Modara, Chairperson for the fund-raising activity and the incoming President of RCM said: “Sustainable projects are in the heart of Rotary service. We have realized, with the past help in providing blood dialysis and exchange machines for the sickle cell disease patients, the daily quality of life of those patients has improved tremendously.”
She further added: “These machines have helped in reducing symptoms of the disease and prolonging the lives of the patients. In order to make a bigger impact on the lives of the sickle cell disease patients in Bahrain and the region, RCM has decided to focus in the coming three years on addressing this disease and raise funds towards acquiring one more machine, funding the training for operating these machines, and conducting awareness campaigns.”
“Therefore, and for the first time, we have launched a new fund-raising event in the name of RCM Duathlon 2019 and under the management of Boost Bahrain.”
Moreover, the event will also feature “a fun kid race” allowing children to enjoy a great competition through cycling and running. More than 250 individuals have so far registered to take part in the event, while registration is still open for interested people to be part of the event.
“We are excited to hold such an event to play a key role in serving our community,” Ms. Modara concluded.