Category Archives: Events

Bringing Life Back To The Baabda Forest

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The Green Party Of Lebanon is organizing on Sunday the 18th of May a guided hiking tour with fire fighting demonstration in order to raise money for the reforestation after the huge fire last week. You can check out more about the event [here].

I am glad the Green Party has decided to organize this event but I wish they’d take some pro-active measures and start initiatives to safeguard whatever is left of our forests in Lebanon.

Pictures and Inspiring Stories From The 2014 Beirut Women Race

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I proudly took part in the Beirut Women Race last Sunday and ran the 5K in support of women and their rights in Lebanon. Almost 10,000 attended the event running for fun, for women and for official causes making it a successful and joyful one.

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Here are some of the inspiring stories that happened on that day and are worth mentioning:

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The winner of the 10k race was Aregu Abate with a new course record at 41:06. For those of you who are not familiar with Aregu, she’s not a professional athlete coming from abroad to participate, but instead a housekeeper who works in Beirut for the awesome blogger Sietske. Aregu ran for “all the nannies, housemaids and cleaning ladies, showing that change is possible”. I’d like to meet her and Sietske one day because their story is quite an amazing and inspiring one! Read it all [Here].

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One of the participants Rita, who’s on wheels, was assisted by her blind friend Liliane and they both completed the 10k.

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Another participant finished the whole 10k barefoot. I honestly don’t know how she managed that as it was very hot.

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One of the most inspiring stories from this race was Zena Mhanna’s, as she was running over all “that is dark and negative and painful in her life”. I’ve read her story like 3 times and cannot but admire this girl for her strength and courage. I hope she won’t have to face any difficulties or tragedies in her life anymore and wish her all the best!

Check out other awesome stories on Beirut Marathon’s website [Here].

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On a last note, MARCH performed a great stunt to raise awareness on violence against women that I posted about a couple of days ago.

PS: Pictures that aren’t mine were taken from Beirut Marathon’s Facebook Page.

BlogBaladi Taking Part In Bifex 2014: Bloggers & Brands: How should they interact?

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I was invited to join a discussion panel tomorrow on Bloggers and Brands and how they should interact as part of the Bifex 2014. I will be joined by fellow bloggers and my good friends Darine the moderator, Mustapha from BeirutSpring and LebaneseBlogs, Lana from L’armoire de Lana, Rita from Android.AppStorm and Anthony from NoGarlicNoOnion.

If you are going to the Bifex tomorrow, make sure to stay for the bloggers’ panel.

Baalbeck Festival going back home

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The Baalbeck Festival was held in Jdeideh last year for security concerns. It was the first time in 15 years that the International Festival was held outside the city’s ancient ruins. However, Nayla de Freige, President of Baalbeck International Festival’s executive committee, told Executive that they are hoping to bring back the festival to Baalbeck this year.

I’ve been to Baalbeck a couple of years ago and to be honest, something needs to be done around the ancient ruins and in the city to attract the tourists. There’s absolutely nothing you can do there except attend the festival.

The 2014 Program for the Baalbeck Festival wasn’t announced yet.

De-Feet Cancer Run: Charity Run For The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL)

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A group of 8 Lebanese friends are running the whole Lebanese coast (210Km) starting May 7th and for 5 consecutive days in an attempt to raise $50,000, which is the cost of treating one child at The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon. The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon is a non-profit association that treats children with cancer for free and relies purely on donations. CCCL is affiliated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, Tennessee; and works in close coordination with the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

I’ve donated for the CCCL on several occasions and I am fully supportive of such initiatives! For those of you who wish to help, click [Here].

Red Bull BC One Lebanon Cypher 2014

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Red Bull BC One is an annual international B-Boy competition where candidates compete in one-on-one dancing battles. We have a lot of talented dancers in Lebanon yet only one of them will be crowned winner tomorrow and get to represent Lebanon at the Middle East & Africa Final held in Algeria.

I am probably going to attend so stay posted, if you are interested of course, as I will share pictures and videos on my Instagram. If you have time, drop by as it’s a lot of fun!

Here’s a video of the Red Bull BC One finale last year:

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And one taken on the Saint Nicolas stairs in Achrafieh.

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Baskil Bicycle Festival In Beirut

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From 23 to 27 April, Medawwar in Beirut is hosting the Baskil Festival, a celebration of everything the bicycle represents, from community, sustainability, sport and fun. There’s a fun ride on Sunday around the Medawwar area for those who like to bike.

Here’s the full program from Baskil’s Facebook Page:

Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 27th April:
‘The Good City’ exhibition in Medawwar Public Garden. Showing the success of bicycle-based city planning in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wednesday 23rd April:
Press conference and official opening of the Festival by Rolf M. Hay Pereira Holmboe, the Danish Ambassador in Beirut.

Friday 25th April:
EXCHANGE EVENING – picnics, presentations and discussions in the garden. Come hear about the success story of Deghri Messengers دغري, learn about the power of bikes to transform cities and discuss how it can be done in Beirut.

Saturday 26th April:
MAKING DAY – bring your bike, fix it, paint it and give it new life. With the help of ريغار Regar and.
AND STREET FESTIVAL – BMX gangs, skater crews, street artists, buskers and dancers will come together and fill Medawwar with colour.

Sunday 27th April:
RIDING DAY – join fun rides exploring the Medawwar area, and participate in a special Baskil-edition ride around Beirut.
AND STREET FESTIVAL – BMX gangs, skater crews, street artists, buskers and dancers will come together and fill Medawwar with colour.