Dubai walks to raise awareness for school children in developing countries

Organisers Dubai Cares says numbers of participants in 3km event are higher this year

Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers were among 15,600 people who took part in a walk in Dubai on Friday morning to highlight the millions of children around the world that to get to school must walk an average of three kilometres every day.

A number of educational institutions including the Indian High School Dubai, government departments and private sector companies such as Boeing and the Rotana hotel group, were represented during the Dubai Cares “Walk for Education 2018”, helping to lift the numbers of participants compared to last year, organisers said.

On social media, those taking part described the event as "fun" and a "great morning".

"We are extremely impressed with the exceptional support that members of the UAE community continue to demonstrate towards the noble cause we support,” said Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive of Dubai Cares.

"The generous support we receive from all corners of the UAE will certainly help us extend the scope of our efforts to reach as many children and young people as possible in developing countries."

Ninoscha Mendoza who participated in this year’s walk, said, "It’s been great to see so many families and friends come together to support an important cause. There’s a strong sense of community that bonds the people of Dubai and the UAE, which Dubai Cares has successfully tapped into to engage us all in making a difference in this world."

Shreya Sharma tweeted: "Often we forget how difficult life can be for our fellow humans. This one's for the #bravegirls out there."