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Historic deaf charity run proves overwhelming success
The Deaf Run 2012 event proved to be a huge success as dedicated runners and visitors beat the rain and came in their hundreds to engrave their name in history, participanting in the first ever deaf charity run held in Tower Hamlets. Never before had deaf and hard of hearing and hearing runners joined forces to run hand-in-hand in a charity run until now.
The highlight of the event, the 2 Mile run inside Mile End park, proved equally competitive for both gender races as siblings, friends and neighbours all competed together to be crowned Deaf Run 2012 champion. Winners received gold, silver and bronze medals in each category (Men, Boys, women & girls) which was presented by Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman and legendary deaf skateboarding champion Dave Richardson.
After the run, visitors and runners enjoyed the various other attractions at the event which included, stalls, fairground rides, skateboarding performances, henna hand-painting, face painting and much much more.
"Finally our voices have been heard" signed tearful deaf runner Samia, who won silver in the womens category. Other overjoyed deaf participants signed "The community do care", ‘It’s amazing to see this support" and "I am so proud to be a Tower Hamlets resident".
Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman was equally supportive of Al-Isharah's work commenting "The event has been a joyous occassion for all involved and I would like to congratulate Al-Isharah charity for their hard work in making this event a success. Well done everyone."
Ziaur Rahman, Deaf Run 2012 Event Manager added "We want all our deaf clients - men, women, boys and girls, to have access to the same services that our hearing counterparts have. I am delighted to say this event has raised much needed awareness for the deaf community in Tower Hamlets. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making this event a great success!"
Deaf Run 2012 has proved to be a massive hit and with many future fundraising initiatives already planned and rearing to go, Al-Isharah's deaf education based charity is definitely making itself heard.