Following the recent directive by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the immediate construction of an air bridge to deliver emergency relief supplies to a million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Gaza and the rest of Palestine who are affected by the snow storm and the harsh winter conditions, Dubai Cares yesterday announced that it has contributed Dh 5 million in support of the “UAE Compassion” (Tarahamu) initiative.
As one of the five UAE organisations involved in supporting the UAE President’s initiative, Dubai Cares’ role is to engage the Dubai community for utmost contribution towards the drive. Accordingly, the philanthropic organisation yesterday also unveiled a community engagement campaign, calling on the UAE community to donate winter clothing such as jackets, coats, sweaters, socks, scarfs, ear muffs, blankets among others, as well as packed food items such as rice sacks, canned meats and vegetables, cereals and more.
Winter clothing and blankets donated, whether new or used, should be clean, dry and properly packed, the Dubai Cares stated in a release, adding that food donations should only be accepted if they are in packed and sealed condition. The items should be dropped off at collection points spread across Dubai. In addition to the main collection point, which is currently set up at Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai until Tuesday January 13, 2015, several collection points are being set up across major malls in Dubai comprising Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and The Dubai Mall from Sunday January 11, 2015 till Tuesday January 13, 2015.
Dubai Cares is working with Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and private schools in Dubai, encouraging them to manage the collection of the specified items from the students and deliver them to Dubai Cares at its main collection point in Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai. The overall initiative will be running until Tuesday January 13, 2015.