Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Community Turns Out for 2010 'Walk with Al Younbouh'

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Over 3000 people joined the annual 'Walk with Al Youbouh' to raise awareness for and support adults with mental disabilities in Lebanon.

INDEVCO Group members joined donors, schools, clubs, and members of the community for a 5-kilometer walk through the Old Souk of Jounieh, Lebanon on Sunday, 16 May.

Al Younbouh Rehabilitation Center is a non-residential center for adults with special needs in Haret Sakher, a suburb of Jounieh. Al Younbouh’s mission is to improve the quality of life of its members and to ensure their dignified integration into the community.

The center's
Women's Voluntary Committee organized the walk for the seventh consecutive year, again engaging Tony Baroud, a former member of the Lebanese national basketball team and now popular TV personality, as master of ceremonies.

Throughout the walk, the crowd stopped for a number of programmed events: a synchronized dance performed by Al Younbouh young adults at Jounieh municipality; songs by Lebanese singer, Joseph Attieh; and an olive tree planting in the Jounieh municipality garden next to trees from previous walks.

Tony Frem, Jounieh Municipality President (center left)
at the ribbon cutting to launch the walk

Intro to the dance by Al Younbouh members

Emcee Tony Baroud with Al Younbouh member, Mariana

Lebanese singer Joseph Attieh
as he performs at Walk with Al Younbouh

Maya Frem, Women's Voluntary Committee, and Nicole Naame, Al Younbouh Director
plant the traditional olive tree on the last stop of the walk

Nicole Naame, Director of Al Younbouh, thanked all supporters after the walk:
"The whole Al Younbouh family - students, staff, executive committee, volunteers, and the Women’s and Youth Voluntary Committees - thank everyone who helped make 'Walk with Al Younbouh 2010' such a wonderful success! We are grateful to all our sponsors, advertisers, donors, helpers and volunteers. Your support is hugely appreciated."

To explore volunteer or sponsorship opporunities with Al Younbouh, please visit www.alyounbouh.org/Get-Involved.html

For More Information

Nicole Naame, Director
Al Younbouh Rehabilitation Center for People with Special Needs
Ghadir Main Road
PO Box 36
Jounieh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-835 612
Fax: +961-9-835 067
E-mail: info[at]alyounbouh.org


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