Spiderman at bahrain City Centre




SPIDER-KID saved the day as he fought off a robber alongside his favourite superhero at one of Bahrain’s busiest malls. The incident was staged by the Dreams Society to give Bahraini Abbas Fadhel Al Haiki, who has been battling leukaemia for three years, a memorable day assisting Spiderman. More than 120 people turned out at Bahrain City Centre yesterday to cheer for the six-year-old, who was in full gear as the Marvel character.

The day started out at the cinema, where Abbas was watching the Amazing Spiderman 2 with his parents and five siblings. Mid-movie a robber jumps out of the crowd, grabs a woman’s handbag and attempts to escape. Spiderman comes to the rescue and encourages Abbas to join the fight against evil. After several minutes of chasing the robber, Abbas and Spiderman catch him and hand him over to the authorities. The duo walked out of the cinema to a crowd cheering Abbas’ name and holding posters and placards. “This is the best day of my life and I am so happy,” Abbas told the GDN. “I wish I can be Spiderman forever.” His father Fadhel Al Haiki said becoming the red and blue superhero was a dream come true for his son. “Abbas is my youngest son and I love him dearly,” he said.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago and is receiving treatment at Salmaniya (Medical Complex). “It has always been his dream to live a day as Spiderman and it came true thanks to the efforts of the Dreams Society. “We are grateful to the society for organising such a lovely event for Abbas and providing all the support for him. “Abbas is really happy that his dream has finally come true – to be a superhero in his life. “He hasn’t had this much energy in a long time. They called it the power of the wish and they’re right.

This is definitely beyond anything we thought it would be.Mr Al Haiki explained Abbas was unable to go to school or play with other children because of his treatment. “We are praying for his quick recovery and hoping he could play like other children,” he said. “He is such a sweet boy and I wish I can do more for him.” Abbas was later taken to the main reception area where people cheered for him and took pictures with him.

He also received a BD100 voucher from the mall management. “Abbas was selected as he is severely sick and when we asked him, he said he wants to be Spiderman as he loves this character,” said an organiser. “So we thought of fulfilling his wish and make his dream come true.” The charity aims to bring joy to children suffering from terminally ill or debilitating diseases by making their dreams come true. It has set a goal to fulfil 30 wishes this Ramadan and volunteers have already completed 20, including Abbas’. Yesterday’s heroics was organised in collaboration with Bahrain City Centre, Bahrain Cinema Company and Bahraini directors Mohammed Bu Ali and Wasan Madan.

Source: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=381500

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