(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) To mark the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, Dar Al Ber Society (DABS) has launched a humanitarian charity campaign, the first of its kind in the country.
The drive themed 'Thank you Zayed for Giving', is meant to collect contributions up to Dh10 million to treat 210 low-income patients with chronic diseases, according to Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazrouie, chairman of DABS.
"Dar Al Ber spares no effort to support charity works on the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day to ease the suffering of vulnerable people as always urged by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan whose activities spoke volumes worldwide."
Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, executive director of DABS, said that the campaign will cover eligible patients across the country. "The drive will be supporting patients with chronic kidney failure, hepatitis, diabetes, and cancer," he said. "Our target is to collect contributions up to Dh10 million."
"All this is meant to fulfil the health, life and financial needs of vulnerable people in collaboration with the bodies concerned in the country and the private sector as the directive by the prudent leadership.
"This year marks the 13th death anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established the UAE path to the humanitarian journey of giving." The Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, celebrated every year on the 19th day of Ramadan, was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2012.
Al Falasi said it is heartening to note that the UAE has shot to the global forefront as a leader of humanitarian activities at regional and international levels. "To this day, Sheikh Zayed's generous legacy has been kept alive, crossing all borders and barriers to touch the hearts of people in almost every country."
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) gifted orphan children with new clothes and distributed grocery vouchers to low-income families on the 19th of Ramadan, to commemorate the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day.
The gift-giving was held in cooperation with Rawafid Center for Development and Education and Red Crescent, and is part of RTA's 'Eid Joy'.
Shopping vouchers were also given to Dubai Taxi female cabbies while around 500 needy families living in Oud Mateena, Satwa, Hor Al Anz/East, Hatta, and Muhaisnah received Ramadan coupons and 100 orphan children got new clothes.
Moaza Al Marri, director of marketing and corporate communication and chairperson of RTA women committee, said, "We view Zayed Humanitarian Work Day as an exclusive charitable platform, especially as it coincides with The Year of Giving 2017 initiative declared by His Highness the President of the UAE."
"RTA is keen on engaging disadvantaged families in the festive atmosphere of the holy month. Helping needy children through charity fits well with the Islamic values, human dignity and civilised behaviour."
Ahmed Shaaban Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.
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