Dubai (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES): Sixteen international and local charities are set to get a welcome boost from this week’s Dubai Marathon thanks to a special partnership between the popular race and its Official Fundraising Partner YallaGive.
The new initiative allows any runner competing in the Dubai Marathon on Sunday (February 12) to raise funds for any of the 16 charities by joining or creating their own campaign.
Runners taking part in the 4km Fun Run, 10km Road Race and the Marathon itself are invited to visit the special platform created by YallaGive at its website yallagive.com.
“YallaGive is proud to be the official fundraising partner of the Dubai Marathon which is the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates,” said YallaGive’s Director of Strategy Nabil Boubker.
“The partnership allows for Individuals, companies and schools wishing to take part in the marathon to fundraise for our charity partners by creating a fundraising campaign where they may share their journey, fundraising goals and purpose,”
“YallaGive offers fundraisers the platform to create inspiring campaigns for causes which are dear to their heart. Once the campaign is created, they may promote it with their friends and family as well as through social media to garner support and donations.”
According to YallaGive, this is the first occasion multiple charities both local and international are able to participate in fundraising in an event such as the Dubai Marathon.
Held under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the 2023 Dubai Marathon will be the first post-pandemic edition of a race last held in January 2020.
“It was always our aim to come back with new angles and initiatives and this agreement with YallaGive is a perfect example of that - we are pleased to welcome them as the Dubai Marathon’s first Official Fundraising Partner,” said Dubai Marathon Event Director Peter Connerton.
“As the first licensed online donation and crowdfunding platform in the Middle East, YallaGive enjoys an international presence with great reach. Hopefully, the generous help of Dubai Marathon runners and their supporters will provide funds for the great work being done by the sixteen charities.”
Runners looking to sign up for the Dubai Marathon, the 10km Road Race or 4km Fun Run – which start and finish at Expo City Dubai - can register up until February 11 at the official website dubaimarathon.org.
The 2023 Dubai Marathon is supported by adidas, Dubai Duty Free, NORQAIN, the Channel 4 Radio Network, Al Ameen, the Dubai Sports Council, Dubai RTA, Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality.