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Small World, big hearts

Mohamad Kadry (kadry@khaleejtimes.com) / 28 March 2011

CHILDREN’S CHARITIES AROUND the world will be the focus of the upcoming Small World fundraising event taking place this weekend in Abu Dhabi that will include Titanic actor Billy Zane and Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi as special guests.

Based on the vision of Mrs. Salam Hamzeh Ghaith, founder of Small World, this unique charity festival will bring together communities from 32 different countries, all residing in the UAE. The participants include nations from five continents, each of whom will be displaying an aspect of their cultural identity, including national cuisine, wardrobe, music and dances.

Each participant will nominate a children’s charity organisation from their country of origin. Continually, the funds raised will be divided among the chosen organisations accordingly, with fifty per cent of the funds raised from ticket sales and sponsors’ contributions to be attributed to a single charity group that is deemed to be most in need of financial support. The remaining fifty per cent of the funds collected will be evenly distributed amongst the nominated charity organisations.

The festival atmosphere will feature American actor Billy Zane, best known for his role in the Academy Award winning film Titanic, alongside his musician sister Lisa Zane. Lebanese pop star Majida El Roumi, who works as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, will also entertain crowds with her music.

The charity event is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, who describes the festival as one that “celebrates human connections, international dialogue and strong support for the less fortunate of our fellow global citizens - values that are fundamental to our collective vision for the United Arab Emirates”. The festival will take place at Emirates Palace this Thursday and is expected to raise millions for underprivileged children across the globe.


What: Small World charity festival

When : 4:30pm, Thursday March 31

Where: West End Corniche, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Entry: Dhs350 (students Dhs250). Tickets can be purchased from all Virgin Megastore outlets (www.virginmegastore.me) or by calling 055 4903079

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