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Over 3,500 volunteers turn out to support Dubai Cares community campaign for Gaza

Over 3,500 volunteers turn out to support Dubai Cares community campaign for Gaza

467A total of 3,593 volunteers converged at Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai on January 8 and 9, 2015 to help pack 50,000 school kits for the children of Gaza. The Dubai Cares community campaign aims to supply the children of Gaza with the school necessities required to continue their education following the seven-week bombing during summer 2014 in Palestine. The campaign was conceived to provide children currently studying in UNRWA schools in Gaza with school essentials as they return to regular classes with the start of the second half of the academic year as well as the New Year.

The Dubai Cares community campaign, which is part of the organization’s recently launched “Rebuild Palestine. Start with Education.” initiative, was planned to take place from January 8 to 11, 2015. With the help of the thousands of volunteers that joined during the first two days, Dubai Cares was able to finish packing all the 50,000 bags on Friday January 9, 2015.

Commenting on the success of the campaign, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares praised the UAE community for its strong support saying: “We are grateful to everyone who volunteered over the course of the campaign, from corporations and schools to individuals, the UAE community has turned out in full force to make sure education remains part of the developmental vision for Palestine. The completion of the campaign with the packing of 50,000 school kits in just two days is testament to everyone’s commitment towards helping the children of Gaza. The children of Gaza have consistently fallen victim to the endless rounds of violence that has overwhelmed the region over the years. By providing them with the key material needed for school, we are enabling them to rise above the current circumstances and take control of their futures.”

The contents of the kit, sourced by Dubai Cares in accordance with UNRWA guidelines, included a backpack, notebooks, sketch books, geometry kit, calculator, pencil case for stationery including pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, crayons, rulers etc.

Aisha Abdulla Al Muhairi, UAE National, one of the participants commented: “I have a passion for volunteer work and I did not have a lot of chances to participate before so I am very happy to join Dubai Cares in this campaign. I feel pride and joy that our government and community caters to humanitarian programs away and at home. After this experience, I encourage everyone to take part in volunteer work as this kind of work reflects our humanity.”

Tareq Khalid, Palestinian, another participant commented: “I thank Dubai Cares for giving me this opportunity to work together with many people from different nationalities and cultures towards one noble cause with one aim; to draw a smile on the faces of Palestinian children.”

Piper Mills, American said: “To see so many people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions, working together for a cause that doesn’t provide personal gain for any of us, is incredibly rewarding. It really helps to restore some faith in humanity in a time when so many people are so focused on hurting others.”

The campaign follows the Dubai Cares AED 11 million (USD 3 million) program, which was launched in October 2014 to support access to education and mitigate the psycho-social effects of armed conflict on the student population in Gaza. This is not the first Dubai Cares campaign aimed at facilitating the lives of children living in Gaza. In 2009, the organization conducted a similar community engagement campaign that provided 50,000 school kits and 50,000 hygiene kits to the children of Gaza.



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Blind Charity Association “Kafeef” Honors Mobily for its Diamond Sponsorship of its Annual Celebration

Blind Charity Association “Kafeef” Honors Mobily for its Diamond Sponsorship of its Annual Celebration

4171HRH prince Abdulelah bin Abdulrhman bin Naser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, head of the “blind Charity Association” Kafeef honored Mobily for its diamond sponsorship of the annual celebration of the Association” under the slogan “ we are proud of you” in its third version which was held at Nayyara Festival Hall in Riyadh. Dr. Eyas Al Hajery, Chief Executive Officer, Business Support, received the honorary shield on behalf of Mobily.

The celebration under the slogan “Proud of You 3” is considered an important event for those with visual disabilities inside and outside Riyadh region, who managed to change their lives into a better one as well as proving themselves to be a category of value in the society.

Dr. Eyas Al Hajery, Chief Executive Officer, Business Support at Mobily expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Association for organizing this annual celebration that Mobily was very keen to be engaged through its diamond sponsorship. He added that one of Mobily’s priorities is to support the charitable programs implemented by a number of charity associations in the Kingdom, which directly affect certain segments who deserve attention and care in order to be able to achieve their role in the development of society.

Dr. Al Hajery pointed out that Mobily is presently a leading name in the field of social responsibility through its many different contributions in all activities related to the implementation of the development for both individual and society. This reflects Mobily’s vision to be a part of the community through its interaction with all what would contribute in the progress of this nation.



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Prince Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Honors Samsung at Charity Suhoor

Prince Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Honors Samsung at Charity Suhoor

4148Under the Auspices of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, organized a charity Suhoor on Thursday evening at the Jeddah Hilton. The event gathered a large number of invitees including children with special needs and orphans from various associations, diplomats, business men, governmental representatives, cultural icons and media personalities.

The event, honored by the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, was inaugurated under the theme “When Orphans join hands with Disabled Youth”. It aimed to highlight the skills of children with physical and mental disabilities as well as the success of orphans in this precious society by merging them into all of every day’s activities and bringing them together to support one another.

Mr. Jae Cheon Park, General Manager of Samsung, expressed his delight to be amongst this number of distinguished people all gathered to honor the values ​​of solidarity by saying: “Samsung cares to be a social and responsible player in the countries it operates in. I must say, Saudi Arabia has been a home to us and its consumers have granted us their trust and have allowed us to become the number one electronics brand in the Kingdom. And out of our duty to give back, we find ourselves tonight at this beautiful event.”

The ceremony included several segments such as poetry given by a young child with special needs who shared his challenges and aspirations, while other adults told their stories about their life’s successes and turning their disability into strength. The ceremony agenda included an inspirational presentation portraying the aspects of charitable solidarity, while emphasizing that helping needy people according to Islam, happens anytime of the year and not only in Ramadan, especially with this group of precious children. The segment included a presentation about the future community center for the disabled, whose honorary President will be Prince Sultan Bin Nasser.

The ceremony ended with a keynote speech by Prince Sultan Bin Nasser who was presented by the children with a token of appreciation on behalf of Samsung Electronics and in return, the Prince honored prominent figures in the Kingdom and Samsung Electronics for endorsing this crucially important cause.




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LEBANESE DIASPORA IN CHARITY DRIVE

LEBANESE DIASPORA IN CHARITY DRIVE

463The Lebanese School of the Blind and the Deaf (LSBD), with the help of Lebanese Embassy and Lebanese Volunteers in Qatar, organized a fund raising Musical Gala Dinner event on 03 April 2014.

In a splendid show of solidarity to this noble cause, Lebanese Diaspora turned up in large numbers and were very supportive through their contributions.

The event was held at La Cigale Hotel and made lively by the Musical Band comprising 20 musicians and singers from the students of the LSBD accompanied later on by the singer “Mario Karam” as the Special Guest.

The proceeds from this dinner would be used by LSBD for the welfare and education of the physically challenged children, who also have the same right to live and enjoy life.

“Our greatest appreciation goes to each and every one who participated and contributed to this initiative. Without the support of society and good Samaritans, it would not have been possible to hold this function and make it successful,” Mrs Jeanette Chamoun of LSBD said.

Founded in 1957, LSBD aims to establish a modern institute to educate blind and deaf children enabling them to participate effectively in the daily life of their community as independent members.




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Radisson Blu Martinez Beirut brings The Box Appeal to Lebanon

Radisson Blu Martinez Beirut brings The Box Appeal to Lebanon

4240Radisson Blu Martinez Beirut announces the launch of ‘The Box Appeal’ in Lebanon. The charity campaign aims at helping those in need through the giving of essential items, and will start 17th of September and run until 31st October, 2013.

The campaign asks people to give back to those who need it most, by filling a provided box with a ’shopping list’ of needed items. In Lebanon ‘The Box Appeal’ aims at helping children in need by providing stationery for their schooling as a contribution towards supplying the required tools to build their educational future.

“Finally The Box Appeal is in Lebanon,” said Kosta Kourotsidis, general manager at Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel Beirut.

“We invite the Lebanese community to be part of this campaign as there is nothing more precious than positively playing a role, even if it is a small one, in someone’s future.” added Kourotsidis.

Taking part is easy; participants pick up a box, free of charge, from Radisson Blu Martinez, and return it filled with the pre-determined selection of stationery items. The hotel will then distribute the boxes to those in need of support, working in conjunction with teach-a-child, a non-profit organization which aims at ensuring that every child enjoys his/her basic human right to access quality education and the Lebanese Army as part of the campaign’s proceeds will go to the orphans of the Lebanese Army martyrs. The campaign will be supported by Sawt El Mada as media partners.

“We thank all those who have believed in this campaign and have decided to join the efforts in making it happen.” added Kourotsidis.

Creators of ‘The Box Appeal’, Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels, are setting their sights on beating last year’s total donation figure, through the introduction of new regions to the campaign. ‘The Box Appeal’, returning for its sixth consecutive year will now include the Middle Eastern regions of Jordan and Lebanon - which join the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. In total, 15 Radisson Blu, Radisson Royal, and Park Inn by Radisson hotels will be encouraging the public across MENA, to get involved with supporting humanitarian charities.

Radisson Blu, Radisson Royal, and Park Inn Hotels are members of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which is one of the first international hotel groups to implement a companywide initiative focusing on health and safety for guests and employees, on respect for social and ethical issues within the company, and on a reduced negative impact on the environment.



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Etihad Airways’ staff provide humanitarian support to the Philippines

Etihad Airways’ staff provide humanitarian support to the Philippines

4239A group of volunteers from Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi headquarters recently visited the Philippines to provide much needed support to victims of typhoon Utor.

The volunteers spent four days distributing clothing, food, toiletries and blankets to Filipinos who lost their homes and livelihoods in the severe flooding caused by the typhoon.

Beneficiaries of the charity mission included an aged care facility, a home for abused women and children, and the Philippine Christian Foundation School - a not-for-profit organisation which assists disadvantaged communities.

Head of CSR and Sustainability at Etihad Airways, Anne Tullis said: “We provide significant logistics support by way of free flights and cargo to assist NGOs and charities, for whom these costs are a huge overhead. But being able to provide hands-on support at a grassroots level makes a real difference to the lives of the communities, and more especially, the volunteers.

“This initiative complements our ongoing support for the Philippine Christian Foundation which includes flights and participation in their recycling and vocational programs at the Smoky Mountain Centre.”

This week’s donations campaign brought together staff from Etihad Airways’ CSR department, Etihad Cargo and the airline’s Social and Sports Committee, which also donated funds to buy relief kits and food parcels.





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Royal Golf Club announces ninth annual Think Pink Bahrain Ladies Charity Golf Day

Royal Golf Club announces ninth annual Think Pink Bahrain Ladies Charity Golf Day

4233The management of the Royal Golf Club is delighted to announce that the ninth annual Think Pink Bahrain Ladies Charity Golf Day will take place at the Club on Wednesday 9th October.

A separate gent’s only tournament will be hosted at the Club on the evening of Sunday 6th October.

“With the help of the local community we look forward to raising plenty of money this year for this vitally important cause,” commented Bernie Morgan, the Royal Golf Club’s Director of Golf Operations.

“The money raised from this year’s events will be used to help train medical staff to treat women in Bahrain who are affected by breast cancer as well as to continue the battle to raise awareness of the importance of regular breast checks. I’m looking forward to seeing all the competitors decked out in as much pink as possible,” Bernie added.

The men’s 9-hole tournament on 6th October will be played under floodlights on the back 9 holes of the Club’s Montgomerie championship course. The event will tee off at 6.30pm and will be played in the Texas Scramble format.

Experienced lady golfers are invited to compete in an 18-hole Texas Scramble competition on 9th October on the Montgomerie championship course, teeing off with an 8:30am shotgun start. Ladies with higher handicaps have the option to play a 9-hole scramble at 10:30am on the club’s Wee Monty par 3 course.

The two ladies tournaments will be rounded off with a lunch and prize-giving ceremony in the Club’s stunning ‘Majlis’ function room.

“We have a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities available for these very prestigious events,” explained Julie Sprakel, the founder of Think Pink Bahrain. “Companies can display their company-branded banner on a golf hole from just BD250 or BD100 on the Wee Monty course. This will also entitle them to have their logo on all event signage as well as receiving recognition at the prize-giving ceremony. We are also looking for companies or individuals willing to sponsor prizes for the main prize winners and for the winners of the various side contests and fun events,” she added.





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Coca-Cola Middle East Ramadan initiative provides millions of meals

Coca-Cola Middle East Ramadan initiative provides millions of meals

454The Coca-Cola Company, in partnership with the Regional Food Bank, has committed to supporting the delivery of more than 1.5mm beverage and meals packages to underprivileged families in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and KSA.

The donation is part of the ‘Eradication of Hunger by 2020′ initiative, jointly implemented by Coca-Cola Middle East in collaboration with the Regional Food Bank Network, continuing from last year’s Ramadan Coca-Cola and Foodbank initiative of delivering one million meals to areas in Jordan and Lebanon to underprivileged families and Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and KSA.

Over 1.5mm Ramadan meals and Coca-Cola beverages are being distributed throughout the aforementioned countries as part of the 2013 campaign, which follows in the footsteps of last Ramadan’s 2012 similar initiative by Coca-Cola offering 1mm meals.

As part of this Ramadan initiative, various cities and villages within the above mentioned countries are identified by the Food Bank and marked to receive meals and Coca-Cola beverages, to be delivered by the iconic Coca-Cola trucks by the company’s Bottling partners in each city, Moez El Shohdi CEO of Regional Food Bank, stated: “We would like to thank Coca-Cola Middle East for taking their partnership to a higher level and dedicating their time, people, and trucks. Thanks to this support we are able to safely transfer food boxes to remote areas, and with their donation we were able to provide meals and refreshing beverages for underprivileged families during the month of Ramadan.”

Antoine Tayyar, Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Middle East, said: “Coca-Cola has a long-standing relationship with the Food Bank aimed at supporting underprivileged areas in the Middle East. We are proud to work with our Bottling partners and along with the refreshing beverages that are donated for this initiative, our system also is proud to donate its time and effort to spread the Ramadan spirit throughout the Middle East”.

Food Bank had selected areas that are in dire need for support and will continue to deploy efforts to best cover these areas across the region. The collaborative effort of the Jordanian Food bank and Coca-Cola team contributes to raising awareness about the need for such partnerships in extending support to communities in need.





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AlShuaa Charity Association’s Youth for the Future trainees graduate from Hospital Management Training programme

AlShuaa Charity Association’s Youth for the Future trainees graduate from Hospital Management Training programme


4219AlShuaa Charity Association, a community-based organization (CBO) and partner of Youth for the Future (Y4F) - a programme of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and carried out in partnership with the Government of Jordan - conducted a graduation ceremony for 40 young men and women who participated in its Hospital Management Training programme.

Held in collaboration with the Hashemite University and PRAVO Training Academy, the graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday 28th August, 2013, at the Hashemite University, and was attended by a group of IYF representatives, President of the Hashemite University Dr. Kamal Bani Hani, General Manager of PRAVO Nisreen Al-Disi, President of AlShuaa Charity Association Ibtisam Al-Majali, as well as the graduates’ parents.

This Hospital Management Training is one of a number of programmes that IYF carries out as part of its strategic alliances with public, private, and local CBOs, aimed towards building youth’s capabilities and enhancing their employability. Partners and service providers supporting IYF with its Hospital Management Training programme include the Hashemite University and PRAVO Training Academy.

The Training covered the basic concepts related to healthcare and patient record management, as well as practical applications for dealing with patients and their families, the administrative skills required for healthcare assistants and strategic planning for medical record departments. It also included hospital statistics, reviewing and sorting medical records, entering patient information and appointments, preparing and analyzing medical reports, and using technology to deal with medical records.

“Healthcare services and medical facilities in Jordan, particularly in the private sector, are among the best in the region, and hospital management is a field that is lacking in qualified personnel,” commented IYF Country Director Rana Al Turk. “As such, this Programme is aimed at connecting our young graduates to suitable potential job opportunities that can positively impact their lives.”

Youth for the Future - formerly known as Youth:Work Jordan (YWJ) - is a five-year programme of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) carried out in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of Jordan (USAID) and the Government of Jordan.

Working in collaboration with public, private and civil society organizations, the programme aims to create an enabling environment for vulnerable youth - aged between 15 and 24 - by improving the quality of services offered to young individuals who have dropped-out of school, are unemployed or lack opportunity.

Y4F offers young disadvantaged individuals technical and life skills training which allows them to develop effective communication, teamwork, conflict resolution and career preparation skills in order to equip them to succeed in both the workplace and their daily lives.







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Total Abu Al Bukhoosh donates Dhs100,000 to Red Crescent

Total Abu Al Bukhoosh donates Dhs100,000 to Red Crescent

4149Total Abu Al Bukhoosh has donated Dhs100,000 to the UAE Red Crescent Society to support its charity and humanitarian projects.

Mr Amer Ali Al Shaikh, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh’s general manager, gave a cheque for that sum to Mr Rashid Mubarak Al Mansoori, secretary general for domestic affairs at the Red Crescent, during a meeting that was also attended by Mr Mohammed Saeed Al Rumaithi, manager of the Red Crescent branch in Abu Dhabi. Besides the sum, relief aid was also donated by Total Abu Al Bukhoosh’s employees.

Mansoori hailed cooperation between the Red Crescent and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, which he said continuously supports humanitarian and charity projects carried out by the Red Crescent inside and outside the UAE.

He said both institutions have a common responsibility to help the needy, adding that Total Abu Al Bukhoosh is one of the main supporters of Red Crescent projects, including those undertaken during Ramadan, when the UAE marked the Zayed Day for humanitarian work that marked the demise of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who “was total dedicated to charity work and promoting peace among all people.”

Mr Al Shaikh said Total Abu Al Bukhoosh is keen to participate in various humanitarian and charity activities managed by the UAE Red Crescent and all projects it undertakes inside and outside the country.

Mr. Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President (Institutional Development), Total United Arab Emirates, said, “Zayed Day for Humanitarian Work inspires us to walk on the path of generosity set as a glorious example by our late father of the Nation His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Total in the UAE is humbled by joining in this noble cause and contributing for the welfare of those in need with Red Crescent. We pray Allah to give us the strength to continue our such efforts with more passion.”





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