Al Harthy To Race In Support Of Omani Cancer Awareness

Leading Omani sportsman Ahmad Al Harthy will compete in aid of the Sultanate's National Association for Cancer Awareness during the final two events of the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship - starting this coming weekend, 1st/2nd October, at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.Choosing to use the profile generated by his involvement in the prestigious motor racing series to help promote the fantastic work undertaken by the charity, the 30-year-old will feature the National Association for Cancer Awareness logo on the visor of his crash helmet - both at Brands Hatch and two weeks later during the championship finale at Silverstone.Ahmad's involvement with the charitable organisation comes as part of the build-up for the eighth annual NACA 'Walkathon' which will take place in the Al Khuwair area of Oman on Tuesday, 25th October."It really is a great honour to help promote such an incredible organisation as the NACA", said the Muscat-born driver, "The importance of cancer awareness cannot be underestimated and if we're able to help raise the profile through our racing, I'll be absolutely delighted. The Breast Cancer Walk next month is a very important event in Oman, it's a great privilege to support that."Established in 2004, the National Association for Cancer Awareness was the first patient advocacy group in Oman. Inaugurated with the aim of raising public awareness of all types of cancer through the promotion of early diagnosis from self-examination, the NACA also works through community programmes which run hand-in-hand with local and national healthcare providers.Ms Yuthar Al Rawahy, the founder and chairperson of the NACA, is herself a survivor of cancer so has as much understanding as anyone regarding the huge importance of education and awareness. From offering support and comfort for others in a similar situation, Yuthar's tireless work has now enabled the NACA to become one of Oman's most important and highly regarded charitable associations. "On behalf of everyone at the NACA I'm absolutely delighted Ahmad has pledged to support our organisation through his motor racing and we wish him the very best of luck for the last part of the season", commented Yuthar, "Increasing awareness and understanding of the many different types of cancer is the biggest aim of the NACA, we're grateful to Ahmad for his help in achieving that aim."Following this coming weekend's race action at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent, the final two rounds of the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship will follow two weeks later at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire on 15th/16th October.Ahmad added: "The perfect way to help celebrate the support for the NACA will be to try and finish on the podium at Brands Hatch and Silverstone, so that's what I'm aiming to do. I'm planning on a very strong finish to the season and I'm now more determined than ever to succeed."For more information regarding the work of the National Association for Cancer Awareness in Oman, please visit ocancer.org.omAhmad's motor racing career is sponsored by Oman Air, Nawras, National Bank of Oman, Brand Oman, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Ministry of Tourism.Provisional 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship 'Pro-Am 1' Standings (after Rd15):1st Jonas Gelzinis, 154pts; 2nd Rory Butcher, 83pts; =3rd Ahmad Al Harthy & Derek Pierce, 67pts