Dubai residents to scale Alps to thank blue-collar workers

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Dubai residents to scale Alps to thank blue-collar workers
Mohamad and Olga have done a number of charity challenges earlier, including summitting Mount Kilimanjaro.

Dubai - The duo are gearing up to summit two 'dangerously high' peaks in the Alps.

By Saman Haziq

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Published: Wed 29 May 2019, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 29 May 2019, 1:04 PM

Dubai residents and mountaineers Olga Zolotova, 28, and Mohamad, 31, are taking the UAE's Ramadan drive to another level.
They are gearing up to summit two 'dangerously high' peaks in the Alps and will dedicate it to the unsung heroes of the UAE, the blue-collar workforce.

How can you help?What: Donate hygiene and personal care items (shampoos, soaps, towels and deodorants, among others) for workers
Where: Donation boxes at the ground floor of Times Square Centre
When: Until June 15
But before the challenge, the duo, in cooperation with the Emirates Red Crescent and Times Square, is running a 'thank you' campaign for workers by collecting hygiene and personal care items - shampoo, soap, towels and deodorants, among others - and  they are inviting the public to help them give back to society.
The expats, who are passionate about sports and social work, have done a number of charity challenges in the past. They have cycled, sprinted and climbed mountains for orphans, cancer patients, kids of Africa and more.
Speaking about their on-going charity drive, Russian expat Olga said: "Between May 16 and June 15, we request people to drop off hygiene items or toiletries at the donation boxes located on the ground floor of Times Square mall. We do not ask for much, even a soap or shampoo for Dh5-10 is more than enough. For many of us, this cost is nothing but for those workers, it could be a lot."
The initiative, Olga said, provides an opportunity for people to reflect on their privileges, which are sometimes taken for granted.
"We are privileged to live in comfort and safety but, because we see and feel it every day, we slowly stop noticing those comforts. "That is why this month, we want to thank the people who stand behind those comforts; people who wake up at night to clean the streets; those who fill your car with petrol; people who clean the malls after midnight; men who build roads; people who left their families and sacrificed their comforts to create those comforts for others.
"I am sure we are all aware of those people, the workers in Dubai. Every time I see them working on the streets, I always want to say a personal thank you for doing all this to make this city and my life safe and clean," she said. 
In July, the duo will be attempting to summit two mountains in the Alps - Montblanc, the highest peak of the Alps at 4,808 metres, and the 4,478-metre-high Matterhorn.
Talking about what makes their tandem take up such challenges, Lebanese expat Mohamad said: "We do it not for any profit or benefit but because we love doing it, and we believe it is the right thing to do. And we always try to involve the community in our CSR campaigns.
"Two of us cannot help many people but with the support of others, we can do something much bigger. And this time, we invite people again to take part in our initiative and support the UAE's workers. Let's help bring a piece of comfort in their lives, too."
Upon reaching the summits, the duo will hoist a UAE flag, customised with the famous 'victory' sign of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The three-finger sign also has flags of all nationalities living in the UAE, showing how the country promotes tolerance and acceptance of all.
saman@khaleejtimes.com



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