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FROM LEFT: Oscar Pistorius, 2012 Paralympic champion, Marjo Louw, President of Sasol Qatar, Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Dr Hassan Al Ansari, Secretary General of Qatar Paralympic Committee, and Cecilia Attias of Doha Goals Forum during a press conference at the QOC headquarters yesterday. Pic: Shaival Dalal
DOHA: Sasol, the globally integrated energy and chemical company, will further its commitment to corporate social responsibility and community development in the country with another initiative of the Definitely Able campaign, the ‘run like the wind’ race featuring Oscar Pistorius racing against an Arabian horse at the Aspire Zone outdoor circuit on December 12.
Organised in collaboration with the Doha Goals Forum, the ‘run like the wind’ race is aimed at raising awareness and highlighting the positive contribution of people with disabilities in building the local community.
The ‘run like the wind’ challenge will feature Pistorius, an Olympic semi-finalist, Paralympic gold medallist, and world record holder who has been a role model to fans and millions of sports fans people around the world.
“We are proud to partner with Sasol for the Definitely Able campaign and hope that through this initiative, we are successful in changing lives for the better,” Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), said yesterday.
“If you believe, as we do, that sport has the power to effect real change in people’s lives, Oscar Pistorius is a wonderful example of how that change can be achieved,” Sheikh Saoud added.
Dr Hassan Al Ansari, Secretary General, Qatar Paralympic Committee, thanked Sasol for their role in making the programme possible.
Marjo Louw, Sasol’s Qatar Country President, said: “The Definitely Able campaign is a Sasol initiative established in collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Qatar Paralympic Committee. The campaign draws on Sasol’s commitment to focus on the use of one’s abilities and overcoming the roadblock of disabilities.”
Sasol’s Definitely Able Campaign, in synergy with the mission, will continue its journey that “being disabled means Definitely Able” by showcasing the abilities of the disable with the ‘Run like the Wind’ event.
Speaking on behalf of Doha Goals, Ms Cecilia Attias explained the purpose of Doha Goals and how it coincides with Sasol definitely able campaign, seeing run the wind race as a true inspiring message, and Pistorius as a role model who incarnates all what we at Doha Goals believe in.
On the occasion, Pistorius said: “I’m very excited to be here in Qatar and to take part in the ‘Run Like the Wind’ challenge that will allow me to push myself to the limits and put my abilities to the test. I support and believe in the message of the Definitely Able campaign as I am a true believer you are not disabled by the disabilities you have but rather you are able by the abilities you have.”THE PENINSULA