Dh62,000 collected for special needs children

ABU DHABI — More than Dh 62,000 were collected for special needs children during an annual charity dinner organised here on Thursday.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Sun 15 Apr 2007, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:42 AM

Organised by the Future Centre for Special Needs and hosted by the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the fifth annual gala dinner was attended by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of the Centre.

“The Centre is dedicated to raise awareness of the community about the needs and rights of children with special needs. It has been successful in rehabilitating some of its students who joined regular schools,” said Shaikh Nahyan speaking at the dinner at the British Embassy gardens.

Shaikh Nahyan said since its formation, the centre continues to enjoy excellent success.

He said that the centre had achieved good progress in terms of developing its curriculum to provide better educational services for children with various disabilities.

A total of Dh62,000 was raised through the auction of artworks prepared by the centre’s students. An oil canvas representing a boat drawn by a 10-year-old boy was sold at Dh6,500 while a painting of a mosque at night by a 21-year-old student fetched Dh10,000.

Jalal Luqman, the famous artist, participated in the auction with a digital painting of a mosaic horse. The painting was sold at Dh20,000. An 18-carat gold necklace dubbed as ‘Sultana’ or the princess offered by a jewellery house, was sold at Dh26,000. The proceeds of the gala dinner will go to the centre forthe improvement of its the services for the disabled.

The Future Centre for Special Needs was set up in 2000. It accommodates 170 male and female special members in the age group of three to 21 years.

The centre is run by specialised teachers and experts in the field of speech therapy, physio and occupational therapy. So far, the Centre has managed to rehabilitate 23 children with special needs and helped them to join regular schools.

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