Big response to drive for war-hit Lebanon

DUBAI/SHARJAH — The ‘With You Lebanon’ campaign, launched by Al Aqariya TV and the Al Aqariya Group in cooperation with the UAE Red Crescent to support war-stricken Lebanon, has generated an overwhelming response from individuals and organisations across the Arab world.

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Published: Tue 25 Jul 2006, 12:04 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:18 PM

The campaign, to date, has succeeded in collecting donations worth Dh50 million, which include cash donations, medicines, medical equipment, foodstuff and tents, in addition to shipping services agreeing to deliver supplies to affected areas in Lebanon. In addition, the Sudan has pledged to donate all revenue yield from a 40 sq km plot of cultivated land for the benefit of Lebanese and Palestinian children.

Dr Mohammad Saleh, president of Al Aqariya Group, said, “The campaign was launched to support Lebanon in its hour of need, and it is deeply gratifying to note that the initiative has generated such positive response from peace-loving people in the region.”

Al Aqariya TV has launched a new service whereby all regional and international aid agencies and official Lebanese institutions can advertise free of cost on the channel, and also air their campaigns related to collection of donations aimed at supporting Lebanon and its people. These organisations and institutions can send a recorded tape containing information on their services, to be broadcast on Al Aqariya TV 1 and 2.

Al Aqariya Group will also run a special supplement of its magazine “Al Aqariya”, titled “With You Lebanon”, where relevant addresses and bank account numbers will be published for the benefit of readers wishing to make donations. The supplement will also publish letters of support to Lebanon from the magazine’s readers.

Dr Saleh said, “All media arms of Al Aqariya, including Al Aqariya TV 1 and 2, Al Aqariya magazine and our web site, are now supporting the “With You Lebanon” campaign. We thank the UAE Red Crescent as well as the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Sharjah Islamic Bank for the support they have lent to this campaign.”

Meanwhile, Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) announced yesterday its upcoming, first-ever live, fund-raising telethon as part of its ongoing effort in support of Lebanon.

The “Towards Healing the Lebanon’s Wounds” live programme will be aired on all DMI channels including Dubai TV, One TV, Sama TV and the Dubai Sport Channel from 3.00 pm – 1.00 am on Friday, July 28.

The one-day campaign has been organised in cooperation with Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation and the UAE Red Crescent.

Hussein Lootah, CEO, Dubai Media Incorporated, said: “The humanitarian campaign aims at supporting our brothers and sisters in Lebanon. We loved Lebanon when it was living in peace and we will support them in this period of crisis.”

Lootah noted that all DMI employees have volunteered their support to the campaign. A number of social, business, art, and sports spokespersons will participate in the telethon to be conducted at a dedicated call centre set up specifically for the day.

In a separate initiative, the first 50 metric tons of donated relief items including food, clothing and other necessities were shipped yesterday to Lebanon via Emirates airline. Dubai aid drive is being organised by the Emirati-Lebanese Friendship Association in cooperation with the American University of Dubai whose students of various nationalities volunteered in the drive.

In Sharjah, Qanat Al Qasba will host a musical concert by Portuguese artiste Glenn Perry at Masrah Al Qasba (Al Qasba Theatre) on Thursday July 27 to promote peace in Lebanon. The concert will take place from 7:30pm to 9pm and will feature over 50 musicians from different parts of the world.

The gesture is aimed at alleviating the suffering of war victims and to express solidarity with them. It is also in line with the Qanat Al Qasba’s keen interest in extending help and support to war victims.

Mehdi Katanbaf, Events Manager, said: “Qanat Al Qasba is always keen to hold charitable activities, and largely contributes in supporting humanitarian projects.”

Revenues from the concert will be forwarded to the war victims in Lebanon. At the concert, Perry will sing songs of peace. He has composed a new peace song entitled “One big family” which he will debut at the concert. He will also sing one his earlier peace composition entitled “Beautiful Children”.

The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) will supervise the donations from the audience, which will be forwarded to Lebanon.

Glenn Perry’s album on CDs will be on sale during the concert, and the funds generated from the sale will further given to support this case.

The concert is open for all. Glenn Perry is a renowned Portuguese singer, songwriter and producer. Glenn showed glimpses of his flair for music at the age of 3. Glenn has so far recorded two exceptional albums and two singles in Los Angeles, with some of America's finest musicians providing backup. He has also filmed three music videos, and is currently recording a new album, which will be released shortly.



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