A fun day out for thousands

February 08, 2014 - 4:52:48 am

Bikers at the starting area of the Wheels ‘n’ Heels Circuit at Museum of Islamic Art Park yesterday. Abdul Basit

DOHA: The seventh Wheels ‘n’ Heels Family Fun Day proved yet another success as thousands flocked to Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park yesterday to enjoy activities for the entire family.

Reach Out To Asia (Rota) brought eight hours of sport activities and entertainment as well as events focused on health and charity.

Children loved the Kids Zone with its interactive arts space, skills-based competitions, bouncy castle, stilt walkers, sports and fitness activities while youngsters enjoyed a thrilling day with their favourite celebrities. 

“It’s a real thrill for Rota to be hosting again Qatar’s largest community event of the year,” said Rota Executive Director Essa Al Mannai. “It was great to see adults and children of all nationalities enjoying Wheels ‘n’ Heels and discovering how exercise and a healthy lifestyle can be such great fun. Rota is proud of bringing together thousands of people who came along to enjoy all the entertainment and help with providing quality education to 48 million needy children across Asia.”

Music fans flocked to the Wheels ‘n’ Heels Stage to enjoy performances by UAE singer and Arabs Got Talent finalist Shama Hamdan and Jordanian music sensation Diana Karazon. 

Young participants were excited to meet popular Baraem Children’s Channel presenters Ahmed Al Mulla and Jihan Arsanious. 

Al Jazeera presenter Khadija bin Kena attended an event which included sports icons Mahmoud and Abdullah Bo Shri from Kuwait, Qatari rally racer Nada Zeidan and teenage swimming sensation Nada Mohamed Arakji.

Hundreds took the opportunity to tackle the Wheels n Heels Circuit by jogging, skateboarding, walking and cycling round MIA Park to raise funds for Rota’s local and international education projects. 

Ooredoo offered bicycle rents and handed a QR150,000 cheque to support Rota’s projects. 

Rota launched an SMS donation campaign and those who wish to contribute towards its charitable cause can send SMS “WnH” to 92678. A donation amount of QR10 will be deducted from the donor’s mobile balance. 

Participants enjoyed healthy snacks and drinks throughout the day, including  Qatari ice-cream and popcorn at the Food Zone. 

Others had a chance to join Aspire and Qatar Cycling Federation (QCF) which brought fitness activities and wicked sports fun for the family, while those looking to have divine peace and meditation, headed for the Yogasha, the counselling and yoga centre.

Girl staff from the Aspire Academy Multi-Sport Skill Development Programme offered visitors the chance to learn how to cycle, using bicycles on loan from QCF and MIA.

At the Slim N Lite booth three dietitians provided visitors thorough nutritional assessment sessions and offered tips for a healthier lifestyle.

‘Action on Diabetes’ village representatives provided free health advice and check-ups, while Childhood Cultural Centre delivered books and arts and crafts materials. Qatar National Cancer Society and Hamad Medical Corporation spread awareness about cancer and other diseases, and Qatar Orphan Foundation - Dhreima shared its activities.

At the Qatar University booth, students enjoyed games while sporty people joined the Green Life booth which promoted physical exercise and nutrition.

The Peninsula

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