Posted on December 09, 2012

Sasol, the globally integrated energy and chemical company, will further its commitment to corporate social responsibility and community development in Qatar with another initiative of the Definitely Able campaign, the ‘run like the wind’ race featuring Oscar Pistorius racing against an Arabian Horse, on the 12th of December, at the Aspire Zone outdoor circuit.

Organised in collaboration with the Doha Goals Forum, the ‘run like the wind’ race is aimed at raising awareness and highlighting the positive contribution of people with disabilities in building the local community. Sasol is committed to making a difference in the community through its on-going Definitely Able campaign which aims to highlight the positive contribution and possibilities for people living with disabilities in Qatar.

Oscar Pistorius

The ‘run like the wind’ challenge will feature Oscar Pistorius, an Olympic semi finalist, Paralympic gold medallist, and world record holder who has been a role model to fans and millions of disabled and abled bodied people around the world.

“We are proud to partner with Sasol for the Definitely Able campaign and hope that through this initiative, we are successful in changing lives for the better,” says H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee. “If you believe, as we do, that sport has the power to effect real change in people’s lives, Oscar Pistorius is a wonderful example of how that change can be achieved,” added H.E. Sheikh Saoud Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Olympic Committee.

(click here to read Sheikh Saoud's speech) 

Dr. Hassan Al Ansari, Secretary General, Qatar Paralympic Committee also commented that Sasol has made a difference in the community through its Definitely Able campaign, by raising the awareness of the many opportunities for disabled persons in the community and role of the Qatar Paralympic Committee.

Mr. Marjo Louw, Sasol’s Qatar Country President commented: The Definitely Able campaign is a Sasol initiative established in collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Qatar Paralympic Committee. The campaign draws on Sasol’s commitment to focus on the use of one’s abilities and overcoming the roadblock of disabilities.”

(click here to read Mr Louw's speech) 

Doha GOALS supports the mission of Sports as a tool for promoting peace, social unity, and cultural tolerance while inspiring ideals and promoting a better lifestyle. Sasol’s Definitely Able Campaign, in synergy with the mission, will continue its journey that “being disabled means Definitely Able” by showcasing the abilities of the disable with the ‘Run like the Wind’ event.

“We believe that it is through strategic partnerships, in the example of our alliance with the Doha GOALS Forum, that we can utilise sports to promote fairness and equality in the community. We are delighted to have Oscar as part of our campaign as he is a global sports icon that has united both disabled and abled-bodied persons around the world by investing in and embracing his own abilities” added Mr. Louw.

Speaking on behalf of Doha Goals, Ms. Cecilia Attias explained the purpose of Doha Goals and how it coincides with Sasol definitely able campaign, seeing run the wind race as a true inspiring message, and Oscar Pistorius as a role model who incarnates all what we at Doha Goals believe in. 

Doha GOALS supports the mission of Sports as a tool for promoting peace, social unity, and cultural tolerance while inspiring ideals and promoting a better lifestyle. Sasol’s Definitely Able Campaign, in synergy with the mission, will continue its journey that “being disabled means Definitely Able” by showcasing the abilities of the disable with the ‘Run like the Wind’ event.

(L to R) Oscar Pistorius, Marjo Louw, H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Dr. Hassan Al Ansari, Cecilia Attias

On this occasion, Oscar Pistorius said “I’m very excited to be here in Qatar and to take part in the ‘Run Like the Wind' challenge that will allow me to push myself to the limits and put my abilities to the test. I support and believe in the message of the Definitely Able campaign as I am a true believer you are not disabled by the disabilities you have but rather you are able by the abilities you have.”

(click here to  read Mr Pistorius' speech)

'Run Like the Wind' is one of a series of unique Definitely Able events in Qatar. In June, Sasol brought the South African Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball team to Qatar to compete against the Qatar National Handball Team in a special ‘Champs vs. Chairs’ challenge.

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