We believe in the importance of sports in encouraging and representing teamwork and determination, providing a healthy outlet for youths, and promoting a healthy lifestyle for communities. Therefore, we continuously seek programs, partnerships and initiatives that focus on empowerment through sports.
We continue to support the World Children’s Fund in Hong Kong. This is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to helping children worldwide who are suffering the effects of poverty, disease, natural disaster, famine, abuse, civil strife and war. Since 2010, Aramex has partnered with a professional physical education trainer to train a group of children on running marathons. As a result, the trained children are always participating in competitions and races. Sports not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but also help children to relieve stress and enhance their self-esteem and confidence.
In 2014, we also continued our partnership of the Ballyboughal Gaelic Football Club (BGFC) in Ireland. Founded in 1935, this club falls under the umbrella of the Gaelic Athletic Association, which reaches across several towns and villages in Ireland. They provide programs for both genders and all ages, and aim to encourage young people to become involved in sports at an early age.
Through our partnership with Boost in Jordan, we provided in-kind support for the distribution of sportswear to underprivileged children.
We continue to support Rana Qubbaj and Ruba Sayegh, two top world class Jordanian Jiu Jitsu Champions. In 2014, Rana achieved gold medals in her weight and the open weight divisions in both the Jiu Jitsu Internal Masters in Rio de Janeiro, and the World Jiu Jitsu Masters in California. Ruba received gold medals in both her weight and the open weight divisions at the Gold Medal Open in IBJJF Paris International Open Jiu Jitsu Championship, and a Gold Medal in her weight division in the IBJJF Long Beach Open Championship (California, USA).
Aramex continues to support the Al-Riyadi Basketball Club, which plays both in Jordan and at the regional level. As well as direct financial support, we provide administrative assistance to the club through its management team. Through this partnership, a training program for both girls and boys was set up to teach them how to play basketball.
We continue to support Jordanian marathon runners Salameh Al-Aqra and Mohammed Al-Sweiti. Mohammad came first in the Cyprus Marathon and third in the Four Deserts Marathon. Salameh came first in the Four Deserts, the Wadi Rum Night Marathon and the Oman Marathon, as well as second in the De Sable Marathon and the Austria Ultramarathon race.
As a way to pay back their communities, Salameh and Mohammad are training 20 youngsters from Ruwwad across both genders. They travel each year to check on the level of the runners and their progress, and set schedules with their local trainer.
In 2014 we supported the participation of youth teams in the Dead to Red marathon in Jordan. The teams included girls and boys from marginalized areas in Jordan.