The MoU signing was attended by Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Chief Corporate Marketing and Communications Officer at ADNIC, Malek Rawas Al Rashedi, Senior Director of Support Services at Yas Marina Circuit and Morag Cromey-Hawke, Executive Director of Operation Smile UAE.
The organisers announced that 10% of the total registration fees from the internationally certified 10km running event will be donated to Operation Smile in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, participants will be encouraged to collect personal sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues.
Operation Smile UAE was established in January 2011 in Abu Dhabi and is part of an international children’s charity organization that offers free corrective surgeries to children who suffer from cleft lip and palate; orofacial congenital birth defects that affect the upper lip and the roof of the mouth.
Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Chief Corporate Marketing and Communications Officer at ADNIC, said: “We are pleased to announce Operation Smile UAE as the official beneficiary for this year’s ADNIC Yas Run and we are delighted to lend our support to this worthy cause. We would like to encourage the UAE community to join us and take part in this year’s ADNIC Yas Run not only to improve their own well-being but to benefit children in need.”
Malek Rawas Alrashedi, Senior Director of Support Services at Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Yas Marina Circuit is enjoyed year-round by thousands of UAE families. As an organisation that enjoys the on-going support of the UAE community, we also recognise the importance of giving back. The selection of Operation Smile UAE as the official charity of the ADNIC Yas Run, further solidifies our commitment to the community and we hope to see even larger numbers participate in this year’s race to support this worthy cause.”
Morag Cromey-Hawke, Executive Director of Operation Smile UAE, said: “With the help of medical volunteers and funding from the region, Operation Smile UAE has so far been involved in a number of overseas missions. Moreover, with the support of the ADNIC Yas Run organisers and participants, we will be able to help many more children. We are thrilled to have been chosen as the official charity for 2012.”
Operation smile UAE has been involved in several of overseas missions in Jordan, Morocco, Philippines, India and China to change the lives of over 550 children. The charity’s most recent mission in Jordan saw 70 children receive potentially lifesaving surgeries from medical volunteers who travelled from around the world to work with Operation Smile.
Participants will have the option of registering for the 10km run either as individuals or as teams of four members, 3km run for children aged between 12 and 15 and 1km run for children aged between 8 and 11.
Registration is now open for the ADNIC Yas Run 2012. Participants can visit www.adnicyasrun.ae to register, find out more about the event and download a sponsorship form.
About Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company
Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC) PSC is a leading multi-line insurance provider with five branches and a network of sales and services centers across the United Arab Emirates. Founded in Abu Dhabi in 1972, it offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small, mid-sized and large companies and multi-national corporations in the United Arab Emirates, as well as being a leading provider of risk underwriting solutions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. ADNIC is established in the United Arab Emirates under the motto “Your Reliable Insurer”.
Listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, ADNIC was nominated “Middle East Insurance Company of the Year” in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by World Finance Magazine, as well as the Insurance Company of the Year at the Middle East Insurance Forum (MEIF 2011) 2011 MEIF. The Company is also (A-) rated by Standard & Poor’s with a Positive outlook, as well as A (Excellent) by A.M. Best with a Stable outlook.
About Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is probably one of the world's most iconic sporting venues. Located on Yas Island, the circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts an extensive programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. Supplementary facilities include the Yas Drag Racing Centre, the Yas Racing School and the YasKartzone.
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