Round-the-year ‘Tell Someone’ drive launched

DUBAI — The Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN) yesterday launched a year-long “Tell someone” campaign.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 27 Sep 2004, 9:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:47 PM

This was announced during a Press conference held at the premises of the centre. The conference was attended by Dr Abdullah Al Khayat, DCSN Chairman and Clive Reed, Vice-President of Emirates Aviation College who donated a sum equivalent to Dh5,000.

In her inaugural speech, Dr Mahshid Salehi, Director of the Centre, said that the main reason of the campaign was to collect funds that would contribute to lending a hand to the physically-challenged children and offer them the best education, therapy and pre-vocational guidance.

According to Dr Salehi, there are more than 130 physically-challenged children currently enrolled at the centre. The objective of the campaign is to collect funds through the goodwill of the public who can donate Dh20 per month which is considered a nominal fee that will bring happiness to the faces of the physically-challenged children and will alleviate their sufferings.

“By joining hands in donating a nominal sum over a period of 12 month, Dubai residence will be contributing to an extremely valuable noble cause and will be reducing pressure on the commercial sector that regularly donates funds,” he said.

Mrs Jenny Young, Media and Marketing Relations Manager at the centre told Khaleej Times, “We have printed more than 10,000 cards that will be distributed among people willing to donate Dh20 per month or Dh240 per annum for the noble cause. People should decide whether they are willing to donate through cash payment or through bank account.”

She said a life-size icon of the logo of the campaign will be placed at the centre's premises and will be filled up with the donors cards.

“The life-size figure will monitor the response of the public and will let us know how many cards are distributed. Through the campaign, we hope that more funds will be brought to the centre to be allocated for the financial planning of the centre.” Mrs Young added.

Rashid Saeed, a UAE national was among the attendants of the conference was who will join university next year. Saeed was enrolled at the centre 11 years ago and succeeded in proving that disability is not the end of life. Saeed worked hard and proved that his potentials are no lesser than the potentials of normal individuals.

The DCSN (formerly Aseef School) was established in 1982 and is a non-profit charity organistation committed to offering quality education, therapy and training to children with special needs.

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