November 15, 2023

Ithra Center Ends 3-Day ‘Read Marathon’ – 162,000+ Pages

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The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, known as “Ithra”, announced the successful conclusion of the “Read Marathon” yesterday, surpassing expectations for a marathon that spanned no more than 3 consecutive days at its headquarters in Dhahran. A total of 826 avid readers managed to read over 162,000 pages from diverse books and fields. These pages contributed to the Center’s commitment to plant 1,622 trees, aligning with the marathon’s goal of planting a tree for every 100 pages read. The initiative aims to reach 1,000 trees, showcasing the Center’s dedication to supporting community enrichment, in line with the “Green Saudi Arabia” initiative launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Amidst the marathon, enthusiastic readers competed from the early hours of Thursday, January 13, 2022, until the closing moments on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Participants of all ages flocked to Ithra, confirming the community’s passion for reading. The marathon included both young and old readers, with children eagerly competing alongside adults, infusing unmatched excitement. Some successfully planted a tree in Ithra’s garden, while others earned gold, silver, and bronze medals, especially those who exceeded reading over a thousand pages.

Between the pages of Arabic and English stories and novels, participants delved into the books under the slogan “Benefit from what you read.” Notably, the marathon attracted diverse age groups, with seniors finding their place among the bookshelves, immersing themselves in poetry and novels.

It is worth noting that the “Read Marathon” is part of Ithra Reading Program “Iqraa” (Read) in its seventh edition, organized by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). The program aims to instill awareness in a generation capable of contributing to sustainable development, empowering the community through reading and aligning with Ithra’s goals in supporting intellectual and cultural enhancement.

Source: Ithra News

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