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Fundraiser really sets the pace

March 15 - 21, 2017

Gulf Weekly Fundraiser really sets the pace

The biannual Cherry Tree Trot (CTT), organised by the American Women’s Association (AWA), attracted around 1,200 walkers, runners, wheelchair-users, volunteers and supporters at Bahrain International Circuit last Saturday in a bid to raise around BD25,000 for local good causes.

On the day an 8km race was staged for those aged 15 and above, a 2km race for the mentally and physically challenged, a 3km walkathon open to all, a 3km and 5km race for those aged 13 and above and a 2km race for children aged six to 12 , mostly around the race track’s perimeter path.

Entertainment on the sidelines included musicians and a traditional dance act, plus an American car and motorbike drive past.

“In past years the Cherry Tree Trot has been thought of as more of a charity race for challenged runners,” explained Lubna Al-Alami, AWA media liaison. “We succeeded this year to change that concept and we were able to attract more able-bodied runners as well.

“The event is one of the oldest and largest charity fundraising events in Bahrain as well as a fun day out for the whole family. It raises money for more than 30 local Bahraini charities that the AWA supports.”

The first CTT in 1981 took place in the desert as a fun day out and because of its popularity it is now held at the home of motorsport in the Middle East due to the time it takes to organise.

The event’s name is based on a legend that George Washington, the first president of the US, cut down his father’s beloved cherry tree as a youngster and demonstrated his honesty when his dad asked who was responsible for felling it.

Trophies were awarded to race winners and 150 prizes, donated by various businesses for a lucky draw, were won by ticket holders.

For more information about the American Women’s Association, supported by residents of all nationalities, visit http://awabahrain.org/

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