Rotana hotels in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain successfully hosted the Walk for LIFE 2015 in collaboration with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), to raise awareness about diabetes and walk together “towards a healthy lifestyle”.
From 10:00 till 11:30 am, employees from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Rotana along with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City’s staff walked hand in hand from Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana to the Heritage Village (UAE flag) and back. With great enthusiasm and lovely smile the 400 participants were happy to share this experience.
At 11:30 am participants and guests received an hour of awareness about diabetes and what preventive measures can be taken against the disease. They also had the chance to do a blood sugar test.
“It’s magnificent to see all Rotana colleagues walking together in a fight against diabetes. Despite the heat, all the participants were motivated and proud to walk for such a noble cause,” said Greg Allan, Area Vice President of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Rotana Hotels.
“We are glad to have among us members of the Abu Dhabi Centre for special needs and we thank them for coming along with us. It is a lovely morning where everyone had the opportunity to learn about diabetes while enjoying a pool of activities and succulent healthy dishes prepared by our Chefs,” added Greg.
“Improved awareness and outcomes are not delivered by healthcare providers alone. Communities and the public are what we like to call co-producers of health, and they play a critical role in identifying their own needs and preferences,” said Dr. Aref Al Shehhi, Deputy CEO at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. “We thank Rotana for their great support as organizing this walkathon is considered one of the effective approaches to raise awareness of this common disease,” he added.
Diabetes is one of the widespread diseases. People should learn how to deal with this chronic condition. It is important to support diabetics in their struggle to manage this disease. This morning was the perfect moment to learn how to live with diabetes and more importantly, how to avoid it.
It was an emotional morning rich in learning. A morning that will return next year filled with surprises!
A special thanks to all the Rotana colleagues from Yas Island and Centro Yas Island, Beach Rotana, Park Rotana, Centro Al Manhal, Hala Arjaan by Rotana, Al Ain Rotana, Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Al Rawda Arjaan by Rotana, Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Hili Rayhaan by Rotana and Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana and our sponsors, BBM Creation, Makina Communications, Johnson and Johnson and the Body Shop who supported this worthy cause.