• 11 March 2017

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has successfully completed its third community engagement initiative during the "Year of Giving 2017", which took place at the National Charity School in Dubai. More than 100 members of the UAE community took part in the 2nd edition of "Volunteer Emirates 2017", by donating their time and energy to help improve facilities and install equipment in the non-profit school, which accommodates more than 5,000 students. 

During this latest edition of Volunteer Emirates 2017, sponsored by Al Ahlia Gulf Line General Trading Coca-Cola, the team of volunteers created a playground area by replacing tiles with medical sand, installing recreational toys, painting tires, and planting flowers, as well as providing a range of sport equipment. They also exhibited their artistic talent by painting the walls around the recreational area in an array of colors, and installed students desks and chairs, and student lockers for 12 classrooms in the school’s primary section. 

Speaking on this latest edition of Volunteer Emirates, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “Dubai Cares is working towards ensuring that children have the caliber of education that shapes their future, by providing them with an environment that inspires their curiosity, inquiry, and discovery. This philosophy extends to our work in the UAE where we focus on enhancing the learning environment across non-profit schools, and the significance of such an initiative is reflected in the tremendous support we continuously receive from the UAE community. Our volunteers are a true depiction of the spirit of the ‘Year of Giving’, and we are extremely grateful to them for their commitment and to Coca-Cola for its continuous and invaluable support for the work of Dubai Cares.” 

Deepak Kaul, Managing Director UAE & Oman at Al Ahlia Gulf Line General Trading Coca-Cola, said: “We are happy to be partnering with Dubai Cares in its efforts to support the community here in the UAE, through the Volunteer Emirates initiative. At AGL and Coca-Cola, we share with Dubai Cares the vision of engaging and contributing to the communities that we operate in, and the happiness and enthusiasm with which all the volunteers contributed to the renovation of the National Charity School in Dubai is a wonderful example of these shared values. We know that the learning environment contributes greatly to children’s success and are committed to doing all that we can to support enhancing it. We are inspired by the UAE leadership’s vision for The Year of Giving to give our time and energy to improving the educational and recreational environment for children in the community. AGL is grateful to Dubai Cares for recognizing this shared commitment and for involving us in its Emirates Volunteers initiative which we will continue to support throughout 2017.”    

Kamal Mohamed Farhat, Principal of the National Charity School said: “We are very thankful for Dubai Cares’ support to our school. The work that is being carried out by the volunteers today will be immensely appreciated by our students tomorrow.”  

Rana Awad, the Marketing Manager at Dubai Cares added, “It is always inspiring to see volunteers from all over the country coming together and committing their time and effort for a good cause. With our collective effort and selflessness, we are able to positively impact the learning experience for these children.”

The UAE’s ‘Year of Giving’ will see a third edition of volunteer Emirates 2017 taking place later this year.

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