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20,000 people take part in Dubai diabetes walkathon

Event is organised by Dubai-based retailer Landmark Group

20,000 people take part in Dubai diabetes walkathon

Around 20,000 people took part in Landmark Group’s ‘Beat Diabetes Walk’, the Dubai-based retailer’s annual diabetes awareness drive.

The 11th edition of the 3km walkathon took place at Zabeel Park and was in partnerships with Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Emirates Diabetes Society (EDS), Dubai Municipality, Roads & Transport Authority and Dubai Police.

The annual event has raised over AED3 million ($XXX million) since 2014, contributing towards 15 research studies and all proceeds going towards the Al Jalila Foundation for diabetes research, awareness and care.

Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of the Landmark Group, said: “It is great to see the community come together year on year to be a part of the Beat Diabetes Walk. We owe much of our success and growth of this initiative to the people of UAE, the leadership and our longstanding partners - Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Diabetes Society, Dubai Municipality Roads & Transport Authority and Dubai Police.

The organisers also announced the launch of the Beat Diabetes Awards, to recognize the health-driven initiatives taken by schools in the UAE.

A similar event is also set to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on November 23.