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Posted On: 13 December 2010 02:26 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

:eco: Green run draws over 1,500 enthusiasts

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More than 1,500 people of diverse backgrounds gave their resounding support to Doha Bank’s green cause by their overwhelming participation in the annual Al Dana Green Run 2010. Professionals and homemakers, men, women and children, sports enthusiasts and members of various socio-cultural groups ran the 3 kilometre stretch to raise awareness of wildlife preservation and environmental protection. They were supported by Dandoon, this year’s ‘foxy’ race mascot. The race started at 3.15pm from the Intercontinental Hotel covering a lap around the Qatar Exhibition Centre. Dandoon represents the Ruppell’s sandfox and was chosen by Doha Bank as a meaningful mascot as it is a locally found species. Doha Bank CEO R Seetharaman said: “This is the sixth consecutive year of the run. We at Doha Bank have a continuing campaign to raise awareness among people and encourage them to think green. We live in an increasingly fragile ecosystem and we need to act now and one of the major steps towards that is realising that we human beings are the ones to protect and preserve the world we live in.” Seetharaman expressed his appreciation to the staff of the Traffic & Patrols Department at the Ministry of Interior, the Athletic Federation and InterContinental Hotel which supported this event. There were five categories in the race for men and women above and below 18 years as well as for people with special needs. Participants were entertained with many contests for adults and children before the start of the run. Many prizes were awarded and adding to the fun and enjoyment was live entertainment provided by a band and DJ in addition to folkloric dance and music. With everyone enjoying the event, participants vowed to return next year to take part and reinforce the green message. There was a draw for the super millionaire prize through the popular and exceptional Al Dana Savings Scheme that gives every customer a chance to win QR1m with every QR1,000 deposited in their savings account or the Doha Millionaire Certificate. Doha Bank also took the opportunity to get feedback on its services as well as gather information on the bank’s wide range of products, many of which are unique and one of a kind in Qatar. Among the latest being Doha Sooq, its latest award winning ecommerce initiative — where people can buy, sell, trade and win fabulous prizes for doing so. Doha Sooq is Middle East’s first e-mall site by a leading financial institution that offers online shopping and delivery of items anywhere in Qatar. The run, also reinforces Doha Bank’s green message as the bank to have introduced the very first Green Account in Qatar, wherein all banking transactions are done through electronic channels, thus rationalising the use of paper. Being pioneers of promoting Green in the region it also introduced the Green Card, wherein customers accumulate loyalty points and contribute it towards green causes through international organisations.