CAIRO: Amid heavy security, the Zayed Charity Marathon kicked off in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement with some 30,000 runners to raise money for Hepatitis C patients and the Children’s Cancer Hospital.
Participants watched a number of performances before the marathon began, Youm7 reported. The race begins outside the Air Force Specialized Hospital and ends at the Air Defense Stadium.
Minister of Youth Khaled Abdel Aziz and Mohamed al-Kaaby, head of the organizing committee of the marathon and the deputy head of the United Arab Emirates Olympic Committee, attended the opening of the marathon, according to Youm7.
A total of 120 million EGP of donations to the marathon will be allocated to the Children’s Cancer Hospital, while the rest will be allocated to the treatment of Hepatitis C.
Egypt has the highest rate of hepatitis C infection in the world, according to the United Nations Population Fund; the most populous Arab state has launched a wide-scale campaign to treat the patients at a subsidized cost.